Zimbabwe’s football faces ban

By Anashe Murombedzi Sports Reporter
ZIMBABWE faces a possible ban from international football with the FIFA ultimatum for the reinstatement of the suspended ZIFA board expiring this Monday, with nothing having changed on the ground.
The clock is ticking towards midnight with nothing having changed and if anything the Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) is refusing to budge.
This comes after the International football governing body FIFA ordered the Sports and Recreation Commission to reinstate the suspended ZIFA board by the 3rd of January arguing that the executive committee had been suspended based on a weak case.
Uncertainty has shrouded the football fraternity as Zimbabweans wait for FIFA’s decision.
Contacted for comment SRC board chairman, Gerald Mlotshwa professed ignorance on the FIFA ultimatum and insisted that their position has not changed.
Mlotshwa has from day insisted that the SRC is prepared for any FIFA sanctions.
FIFA, in its statutes prohibits any third party interference in football affairs and the suspension of the ZIFA board and subsequent appointment of a restructuring Committee is seen as intrusion.
What remains to be seen is whether FIFA will act now or later with their correspondence indicating that the matter will be submitted to the Bureau of FIFA council for consideration and decision.
The Warriors are already in Yaoundé, Cameroon, for the Africa Cup of Nations where they are preparing to battle the Lions of Teranga in their first match penciled for next Monday.

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