Zifa Board Suspended for Incompetence, Sexual Offences

Staff Reporter

The SRC Board has revealed the reasons why the ZIFA board was fired this morning.

Mismanagement of funds, not following COVID-19 protocol, and sexual harassment of female referees to the seven point causes leading to the fall of the Felton Kamambo led executives.

Morning press conference, SRC Board had announced the sacking of the Zifa board. Read story on
SRC Suspends Zifa board With Immediate Effect.

In a press statement, the SRC has listed causes for the sacking.

“The Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) hereby informs the public that upon extensive
consultations and further deliberations on matters relating to the governance and management of
football in Zimbabwe, the SRC Board has with immediate effect suspended the ZIFA Board in
accordance with the Sports & Recreation Act.

“This decision has been considered following several incidences of gross incompetence on the part of
ZIFA, such conduct and/or omissions being contrary to the national interests, as provided for in terms of
Section 30 (i) (c) of the SRC Act,” reads the statement which continues to read as follows:

  1. Mismanagement and lack of accountability in the use of public funds with specific reference to
    the letter issued to ZIFA on the 3rd of July 2019 where ZIFA was asked to fully account for the
    use of public funds in the aftermath of the 2019 AFCON campaign. This letter has not been
    responded to at all.
  2. The sending of national teams outside of Zimbabwe without COVID-19 clearances from the
    SRC.
  3. The SRC is also in receipt of a report of alleged sexual harassment of female referees by key
    technical staff within ZIFA. Despite several requests for the matter to be decisively dealt with,
    ZIFA did not give the matter adequate attention in view of its gravity. Whereas the nation has
    made significant strides in empowering the girl child to be an active participant in sports,
    incidences of sexual harassment should be conclusively dealt with to enable a conducive
    environment for participation by all.
  4. failure to address gender imbalances relating to the treatment of female teams
    compared to their counterparts in terms of allowance, upkeep and unfavorable working
    conditions.
  5. failure to address and make appropriate investment of the development fund as provided by
    FIFA for grassroot and junior football development.
  6. No evidence of any meaningful development at grassroots level.
  7. A looming constitutional crisis within ZIFA viz pending elections.

The ZIFA administration has also been blamed for a string of poor results from the Warriors, who only managed to win only one match out of eighteen at the World Cup qualifiers stage and the subsequent retiring from national duty, of players Tendai Darikwa and recently Khama Billiat.

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