Fairweather, who was on a two-day visit to Zimbabwe, said the world federation was willing to help HAZ in capacity building and underlined the need to get the Magamba Hockey Stadium repaired.
A former South African national team coach and coaching director, Fairweather is the highest ranking hockey official to visit Zimbabwe since the turn on the century.
He pointed out that while FIH are not able to fund the repairs at Magamba, the international federation was ready to use its contacts and help Zimbabwe move ahead with reviving the sport.
“I think fundamentally, when you’ve a sound youth base for any sport in any country, then you’ve something that you can work on.
“That’s the strong message that I got from the people in Hockey Association of Zimbabwe. I heard that hockey at youth levels and schools is very strong and obviously we’ve to build on that,” said Fairweather.