By ZBC Reporter
THE Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) says it is confident Zimbabwe will not be banned from international football as they have been communicating with the World Football governing body, FIFA after the lapse of the deadline to reinstate the suspended ZIFA board by the third of this month.
The SRC suspended the ZIFA board on allegations which the world football governing body, FIFA felt needed proof for such drastic action to be taken.
FIFA responded by ordering the local sports regulator to reinstate the suspended board by the 3rd of January or face the consequences.
That deadline has since passed and the SRC has remained resolute adding that they have been communicating with FIFA on the way forward a position explained by SRC Board Chairperson Nigel Munyati.
“We will not be banned from international football, we have been in consultations with FIFA and I can confirm as of Monday we sent them new evidence with regards to our case with ZIFA, and that included evidence on the sexual harassment, the abuse of office as well as other various attachments from different stakeholders including women’s football among other issues,” he explained.
Munyati could however not explain why the SRC took so long to provide evidence to FIFA, amid revelations they were not cooperating when the world football governing body convened meetings prior to the ultimatum.
He further allayed fears of a possible ban that could also affect the Mighty Warriors’ international matches slated for next month.
“We are well aware of that, the girls deserve a chance to play and we are going to make sure they play and I want to assure the nation that the Mighty Warriors will play that game and no ban will come upon us,” said Munyati.
Despite assurances from SRC, the truth of the matter is that the ball is in FIFA’s court and only time is a defining factor and the country is now playing a wait and see game.
Meanwhile, the suspended board members have questioned the timing of an extra ordinary general meeting which has been called for by 27 ZIFA Councillors at a time when some of them have been threatened with suspension by the SRC.