Pavel Cebanu, the President of the Moldovan Football Federation (MFF), announced his resignation today through a statement published on the official MFF website. Pavel Cebanu has been the head of the MFF for 22 years since 1997.
He mentioned in the note that it wasn’t a spontaneous decision. “Two years ago, before the last MFF Congress I had the intention to step down, but the persistent requests and the full support of the Federation members determined me to continue. Then I told the Executive Committee that I would continue two more years to ensure the start of some projects that were in our program and then I would make a decision,” stated Cebanu.
At the beginning of April, Ziarul de Gardă (ZdG) published an investigation called “Lifetime Bosses at the MFF: Football Business”, which reveals the connections between those who have been in the forefront of Moldovan football, the prosperous businesses they have and the wealth of millions they have built, including through the football activity.
According to ZdG, Pavel Cebanu became the president of MFF in 1997. First he was a football player at the Nistru Chişinău team (now Zimbru Chişinău) between 1972-1986 and later became a coach. He won five times in a row the elections for the MFF leadership, remaining in power for 22 years. Cebanu won several awards and was entitled the best football player in the history of the Moldovan football in 2004.
While being the president of the MFF, Pavel Cebanu has built a true ‘fortress’ of devoted people who were advanced to the key positions at the Federation, some of them being involved in the family business of Cebanu as well.
FC Zimbru Chișinău will no longer exist
Moldova was never a big name in the worldwide football competitions. Unfortunately, the country has even less chances to become known in this sport, as one of the oldest and most titled football clubs in the Republic of Moldova, FC Zimbru Chișinău, withdraws from the National Division, but also from all football competitions. The announcement was made today by Sevastian Botnari, general manager of the football club, informed ZdG.
The main withdrawal reason is the lack of investments in the area. “As of today, the senior team of Zimbru football club will not exist,” claimed Botnari.
According to the football club manager, the main and only investor of the national-level football team, Nicolae Ciornii, has decided to refrain from further investments. “The precarious situation within the club forced us to take this decision.”
The football club’s financial problems were reported since February 2019, when several footballers alarmed the public regarding the disastrous financial situation within the club. In the period of 2017-2018 the possibility of the FC Zimbru football team’s bankruptcy was discussed.
Moreover, in December 2017, the club was forced by the court to disburse a debt of 52 million lei for some lease contracts that weren’t paid.
FC Zimbru Chișinău is one of the oldest football teams in Moldova, being founded in 1947. It is also the most beloved football club in the country, gathering thousands of fans especially at European cups. FC Zimbru has won eight times the title of champion of Moldova and six times the cup of Moldova in football. Starting with 2018, the football club was the only representative of the capital city in the National Division of the country.
According to the Moldovan Football Federation (MFF), there are 43 216 football players registered in Moldova,out of which 17 987 are aged under 18 years. Also, there are 2053 football teams registered, 11 non-amateur football clubs and 147 amateur clubs.
Lilia Fisikovici is the first Moldovan athlete to qualify for the Tokyo Olympic Games
Athlete Lilia Fisikovici officially became the first sportsman in the Republic of Moldova to qualify for the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020, writes ZdG.
The 30-year-old athlete has met the qualification standard at the London Marathon – 2:27:26, which is a new national record. This result allowed Lily Fisikovici to rank 14th in one of the most prestigious marathons in the world. The winner was Brigid Kosgei from Kenya with 2:18:20.
Lilia Fisikovici ranks 27th at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.
Moldova lost the soccer match with France
Yesterday, the Moldavian Football Association lost the match against France on the Zimbru stadium (1:4).
The first goal was scored by the French in the 24th minute, and just three minutes later – the second goal. In the last minutes of the match, footballer Vladimir Ambros managed to score the first goal in the world championship goal.
The football match is part of the preliminaries of the European Football Championship 2020. The next match of Moldova will take place on 25 March, against Turkey, at the stadium New Eskisehir.
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