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Zimbabwe is a great country, safe for tourists: UEFA President

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  • “I have read a lot about Zimbabwe and had always been itching to visit. I have friends who also wanted to visit here but many people would always ask me why I wanted to come to Zimbabwe, ‘there is nothing special, it might not be safe, no good hotels’ and things like that but what we have seen is exactly the opposite.

UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin, who is enjoying the last few days of his ten-day vacation in Zimbabwe, has said contrary to internet news reports that Zimbabwe was unsafe for tourists, he was surprised to discover that the perception was completely untrue, adding that he would not hesitate to advise anyone to visit the country.

Ceferin and his family have been in the country for more than a week, visiting the majestic Victoria Falls, Hwange National Park, Binga and the Matopos National Park.

Ceferin told the Chronicle in Matopos yesterday: “We read and connected with a travel agent and they advised us of a few places and obviously we were lucky by choosing Amalinda, it’s just fantastic. The only sad thing is that the two days that we will be here is clearly not enough, one would need almost 10 days just to enjoy this environment.

“I have read a lot about Zimbabwe and had always been itching to visit.  I have friends who also wanted to visit here but many people would always ask me why I wanted to come to Zimbabwe, ‘there is nothing special, it might not be safe, no good hotels’ and things like that but what we have seen is exactly the opposite. 

“It’s a great place, clean place with very friendly people and I would advise anybody to visit Zimbabwe and I will definitely be returning sooner than later,” said the Slovenian.

“It’s an amazing place, friendly people, clean, fantastic nature and good food. It has everything that a tourist wants and trust me, I have seen many places around the world but Zimbabwe and Amalinda is one of the most beautiful places to visit,” he said.

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He has been to Namibia, Botswana, Tunisia and Tanzania, among other African countries.

Ceferin became the Uefa boss in September 2016.

He was voted sports personality of the year in the same year by Slovenian sports newspaper Ekipa SN, in a poll of newspaper journalists and readers.

In January last year, SportsPro Media included Ceferin in the list of the most influential people in the sports industry.

He is also FIFA Vice President.

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