By Anashe Murombedzi
The Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) board has distanced itself from any contractual agreements that might be entered into while it is under suspension.
The development comes after reports that negotiations were underway for former Warriors coach, Norman Mapeza to be re-hired to lead the national team to the AFCON tournament in Cameroon next month.
Earlier this Friday, Norman Mapeza’s manager, Gibson Mahachi confirmed to ZBC News that negotiations were now at an advanced stage for him to return into the Warriors fold ahead of the African football showpiece, AFCON in Cameroon next month.
Mahachi however did not specify whether the negotiations with Mapeza were being done by the ZIFA Secretariat or the Sport and Recreational Commission.
There was also speculation that former Warriors skipper, Benjani Mwaruwari was set to return to the Warriors fold as Mapeza’s assistant.
However, the ZIFA board remains adamant that it is taking a back seat regards local football issues until its suspension issue is resolved.
In a statement this Friday, the board said any decisions, contracts or agreements reached under the auspices of ZIFA are null and void and therefore of no legal effect.
The ZIFA Board also advised stakeholders that anyone who goes into contractual relationship with ZIFA in the absence or without express authority of the legitimate ZIFA Board is doing so at their own risk and that ZIFA will not honour any obligations arising out of such agreements.
The development has further complicated the Zimbabwe Warriors’ situation regards preparations for the AFCON tournament.