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AFCON Qualifiers Are Not A Priority Right Now - SRC

AFCON Qualifiers Are Not A Priority Right Now - SRC

The Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) has said Zimbabwe’s participation in the 2023 AFCON qualifiers is not a priority as the window of opportunity opened by CAF closes this week.

Zimbabwe is currently serving a FIFA ban, which was imposed in February for alleged interference by the government in the running of football in the country.

This was after the SRC had suspended the Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) board led by Felton Kamambo in November last year over alleged gross incompetence, failure to account for public funds and sexual abuse of female referees.

The Confederation of African Football (CAF), nevertheless, allowed Zimbabwe to enter the draw for the 2023 AFCON qualifiers, which are scheduled to start on June 1.

The Warriors were drawn in Group K alongside neighbours South Africa, Liberia and Morocco, in Group K, and were set to begin their campaign at home against the Lone Star on June 9.

SRC board chairman Gerald Mlotshwa told The Standardsport that reports about plans to appeal the ban at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) were false. He said: 

Let me be brutally clear about this, Afcon qualifiers are not a priority or a decision for the SRC right now. It’s as simple as that.

We don’t have a locus standi as SRC to approach CAS – why do you guys just write stories without at the very least asking SRC to comment? It’s a great disservice to the journalist profession.

Meanwhile, the ZIFA secretariat is understood to have already started preparations for the home match against Liberia despite the existence of SRC and FIFA bans

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13 Comments

Gazete 1 month ago

Mhlotshwa is a clueless and selfish leader who does not consider the impacts on us the fans, he has now made football to be like politics

#vote for change CCC
Stop Gvt failure


SVY 1 month ago

Team yose ngaibve including SRC ,ZIFA, BOARD YAKAISWA NAMINISTER WACHO WESPORTS they are killing our game


MUJIBHAS 1 month ago

Useless Sports Minister


Biden 1 month ago

Chorwadza vatadziririra kugadzira, one stadium to fifa standards, busy fighting for nothing, shame on you


Dr Hercules 1 month ago

Its the Young soccer players who will lose a lot while the likes of Mlotshwa walk around wearing cheap shiny Chinese suits pretending to be strategising. What is the priority other than playing soccer? As if 90%unemployment in this country is not enough


The Fans 1 month ago

Pane umwe musangano unongoti pawapinda zvinotofa chete saka hatinyanyi kushamisika hedu. Chimboitai asi hapana chinobuda nekuti chinangwa cheTeamu racho imari chete. Pakakonzi FIFA yaisa mari muZIFA maziso dzvondo.


Dzvamu 1 month ago

Mlotshwa auraya bhora ngaanyarewo.


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Steven Chidhumo 1 month ago

SRC should be disbanded with immediate effect, these guys are selfish and are not even moved by the current situation of the game. They should have followed the recommendations of fifa, reinstating kamambo for the sake of the game would have changed things, vaizotangirawo ipapo and by the way kamambo is not a life president his term will come to an end, it's unfortunately ZanuPF through SRC has brought up in this mud


GVT 1 month ago

Hurumende inofanira kuva nevanhu pamoyo. FIFA ban inoshaisa vatambi vebhora basa nehuwandu hwavo. Industry, ma company mazhinji akavhara kudhara, kwanga kwasara industry yebhora; hurumende kwava kutevera kunovhara zvekare. Mhuri dzose dzaichengetwa nebhora dzava munyatwa. This Government seems to enjoy the sufferings of it's citizens.

The listening president, who claims, "The voice of the people is the voice of God", please His Excellence, may you intervene in the sports arena otherwise this SRC is now killing football.


Bright 1 month ago

Even yakabvumidzwa riri tough group iri ahitoende apa


Tocky Vybz 1 month ago

Mauraya mutambo munyika


Jembi 1 month ago

@zuze don't hide behind a finger, the guys who killed our football are src

Zuze 1 month ago

Tell that to Kamambo


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