ZIFA suspension saga takes new twist

By Anashe Murombedzi Sports Reporter
The ZIFA board suspension saga has taken a new twist with the allegations leveled against the local football mother body being reduced from the initial seven to one.
There seems to be no end in sight to the ZIFA board suspension saga with the Sport and Recreation Commission (SRC) serving ZIFA with a new suspension letter which zeroes in on the Warriors’ participation at the 2019 Africa Cup of nations in Egypt.
The letter is different from the one served on Tuesday which had a list of seven violations.
In the letter which is dated 16 November but which according to the ZIFA Lawyer, Chenaimoyo Gumiro was served late on Wednesday the 17th, the SRC is accusing ZIFA of failing to account for the funds it received from government ahead of the 2019 Africa Cup of nations.
ZIFA also stands accused of failing to provide information on how the funds were used and the source of funding for the charter of an Aeroplane to Cairo for its members and supporters.
The accusations have however been dismissed by Gumiro saying the letter is null and void as the SRC did not stipulate where ZIFA has breached the national interest.
“SRC can only intervene when there is breach of national interest at stake, so the SRC should have first defined the National interest to say ZIFA by doing ABCD you were in contravention of the well-known national interest or your act was contrary to the National interest,” said the legal expert.
However, the SRC is sticking to its guns saying ZIFA violated provisions of the SRC Act hence the suspension is valid.
Meanwhile, A ZIFA Referees and Referee instructors’ course which was supposed to be held from the 23rd to the 27th of this month has been postponed indefinitely in consultation with the world football governing body FIFA.
This was confirmed in a statement by ZIFA Communications and Competitions Manager Xolisani Gwesela this Thursday.

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