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They are following in the footsteps of their neighbours South Africa, who played host to the 2010 World Cup.

In the wake of a successful 2010 World Cup held in South Africa, neighbours Zimbabwe have now made bids to host three FIFA World Cups.

Acting Zifa chief executive Jonathan Mashingaidze told The Herald that they have submitted bids to host the FIFA Women's Under-20 and the senior Women's Championships in 2014.

The federation is also eager to host the men's Under-20 World Cup in 2013.

"We managed to submit the bids before the deadline that was set by FIFA last month and we are now waiting for the response. FIFA are likely to make an announcement on the successful nominations early next year," he said.

Mashingaidze said the nation that wins the right to host the Under-20 Women's Champions will also stage the senior championships.

No Zimbabwe football team has ever played at a FIFA World Cup and the country will be making history if it wins a bid to host any of the three finals.

Egypt last year hosted the men's Under-20 Championships, which were won by Ghana while Germany hosted the senior Women's World Cup in July this year. Chile hosted the junior women's World Cup in December last year.

"It has been a joint bid for the senior women and the Under-20 Championships.

"So we have submitted as one bid for the women and the other bid for the junior men.

"If, as we hope, we are nominated then we will set up the bidding committees and budgets," said Mashingaidze.

Zimbabwe made a successful bid to host the African Nations Cup in 2000 but the Confederation of African Football later withdrew the rights and moved the finals to Ghana and Nigeria.

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