By Anashe Murombedzi
THE Zimbabwe Warriors’ preparations for the Africa Cup of Nations have been thrown into further chaos after the Zimbabwe Football Association decided to take a back seat.
It is exactly a month before the 2021 AFCON kicks off in Cameroon but Zimbabwe’s participation is shrouded in mystery.
Other teams are already preparing for the continental football showpiece, but it is a different script for the Warriors, whose fate lies with the Sport and Recreation Commission – SRC and ZIFA putting their houses in order.
At a time when local football fans expected the impasse between the SRC and ZIFA to have been resolved, ZIFA this Wednesday revealed in statement that it is abiding by the SRC’s suspension, pending guidance determination by the World Football governing body FIFA or the full prosecution of the Administrative Court.
In the statement, the ZIFA Board advised the nation that it will not be further involved in the day to day running of the FA in order to avoid confrontational exchanges with the SRC, adding that all its plans will for now be shelved.
For local football fans, the decision by ZIFA paints a gloomy picture on the prospects of the Warriors taking part at the AFCON tournament in January, with the biggest looser being the beautiful game itself.
“SRC and ZIFA should reconcile so that the board returns for AFCON to go on,” said a football fan.
“From what I heard from SRC that we fans should indure pain but yet we already qualified and we were looking forward to go to AFCON but with this confusion we wait to hear from SRC, what ZIFA has done is quite good than to continue with the drama it doesn’t help so we wait to hear also from FIFA on the way forward,” said another.
“What we only want is for football to kick off, ZIFA and SRC should be on the same page even to bring a substantive coach for us to go to AFCON,” said another warriors fan.
Most worryingly, the SRC remains silent regarding the provision of an interim committee supposed to run ZIFA affairs, three weeks after the ZIFA board suspension.
The Warriors are in group B alongside Senegal, Guinea and Malawi.