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CAF Orders SRC To Reinstate Kamambo

CAF Orders SRC To Reinstate Kamambo

The Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) says it will not reverse its decision to suspend the Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) board despite the Confederation of African Football (CAF) calling for its reinstatement.

SRC suspended the Felton Kamambo-led board on 16 November 2021 on a litany of allegations that include sexual harassment of female referees, incompetence and failure to account for public funds.

SRC board chairman Gerald Mhlotswa and the minister of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation Kirsty Coventry held a Zoom meeting with CAF secretary-general, Véron Mosengo-Omba on Friday.

During the meeting, Mosengo-Omba, a former regional manager of FIFA’s member associations division for Africa and the Caribbean, demanded that Kamambo and his board be reinstated.

Mosengo-Omba reportedly claimed that the fraud and sexual harassment charges laid against the ZIFA board members were just allegations.

In a statement on Saturday, Mlotshwa said by insisting that the suspended ZIFA board be reinstated, CAF mistakenly believes that FIFA statutes rule supreme over Zimbabwe law. Said Mlotshwa:

I find it incredible that CAF continues to insist that we reinstate fraudsters and sexual predators, who have cases pending before the courts in Zimbabwe. CAF appears to think that FIFA statutes rule supreme over Zimbabwe law.

Mlotshwa also accused Mosengo-Omba of using a disrespectful term against him and Sports minister Coventry. He added:

I was extremely concerned when Vernon referred to the minister and me as ‘you Africans’ in a derogatory tone of voice. I recorded the entire conversation.

I now know why FIFA find it difficult to deal conclusively with corruption, racism and sexual harassment in football. It’s a part of their culture. That much is obvious.

ZIFA board members, namely Farai Jere, Sugar Chagonda and Barbara Chikosi have accepted the suspension but others have remained defiant.

Kamambo and other executive committee members Philimon Machana and Stanley Chapeta and secretary-general Joseph Mamutse, have continued to defy their suspensions.

Last Saturday Kamambo, board member finance Philemon Machana and Chapeta were arrested on fraud charges and are currently out on bail pending trial.

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23 Comments

Teeter 2 months ago

Chiri kunetsa muZimbabwe the government,Zanu Pf in particular always finds a way to meddle in private institutions.Through SRC they are highjacking Zifa.Let Zifa interact with FiFa and we might not like Kamambo but let's just follow Zifa and Fifa guidelines in dealing with such disputes.One reason why our football will never be okay is because of such meddling from the halls of political power.Look at this closely,if we get banned then what?Without Fifa there is no soccer so lets sober up.Just like the current dispute yemasanctions neEU.If we need to work with them lets implement their conditions.If we don't want let's leave them.But in Soccer without Fifa that sport here is dead.


Zvazvanga zvingori 2 months ago

Wrong input will naturally bring wrong results


Tkt 2 months ago

@Tendayi..........

askuru musa kotsira. ngati vharirwe panze pane kusiya madusvura achi ita zvaanoda nenhabvu yedu! haaa maya ndazvi rambawo izvi


Tendayi 2 months ago

This is exactly what keeps taking soccer back, Zimbabweans politicians gave so kych unnecessary arrogance. Fifa will simply ban Zim football then totamba uedu local football no more international soccer. This Mlotshwa tried it again ku cricket akazo backtracker Zimbabwe yakuda kubanwa mu international cricket


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🔥 2 months ago

imajeni zvonzi ne fifa zim yasuspendiwa saka tongosara zvedu tavekutamba cosafa cheteka
🤣🤣🤣🤣😂😂


Bright 2 months ago

Haa azvisi zvinenge zvataovharwa her KU cossafa ikoko bcz vanenge vaktoti all football kubatanidza nana fc platnum veku CAF champions league avo

Tkt 2 months ago

this remains to be a dream.

i will maintai what ive always said on this subject.

- In as much as Zifa is an affiliate of Fifa it is also an affiliate of Src. Hence and therefore, either of the Gorvening bodies can not afford to just seat and watch their affiliate acting willy nilly.
- it was the duty of kamambo kakadhakwa to stand guided by both statues other than electing who to listen and not
= whats hard for them to respond all the allegations alayed to them other than advocating for a ban

hapana apo, if we are to be banned; let it be i stand with SRC,

VIVA- SRC -VIVA


Doug 2 months ago

@Chief. You may as well suggest that we pull out of FIFA if we follow what you have written.


2 months ago


Chief 2 months ago

@nkust@doug@maravaza please try following these articles well. I don't see any problem with SRC, instead I see a big toothless lion trying to fight wild dogs. How can fifa n caf unturn a decision made by a sovereign state? I support the idea of leaving common wealth, we're sovereign so there's no need for us as Zimbabweans to folk-out money giving to another country so that they can spin it and get huge profits. The reason why Zimbabwe will never be led by an opposition which has an ideology of white supremacy. We made a decision to fire kamambo as Zimbabweans because our players were not getting paid in time saka **** fifa n caf. How much does zifa owe former coaches? Are you happy with t? Guys think before you comment.


Nkust 2 months ago

@shadows @Bright, ihwai nyaya iripano varume, hatina kuti kamambo kacho tokada, remember Leo mugabe people had to just wait for elections dze zifa and mobilized to oust him kana to follow fifa regulations to report such cases ini bhora handinei naro hangu asika chero chinhu chisina bada choda kungoitwa nezhira yakanaka and ukuona matauriro arikuita mhloshwa uyu ari kuda kamwe ks respect kunge ka small God kuda inhau yatohwa iyoyo yekuti ihama ya president but remember ivo president vachida kupinda mu common wealth vakahi ivai ne leader of opposition mu parliament ndiko vakauya kuda kuisa uyu chamisa ndokuramba zvine ma Conditions izvi udzai mu Mlotshwa vane ma twitter wapaonaka bright


Bright 2 months ago

Usaite se**** ka iwe pakanzi comment apo pakaisirwei papindula tikutaur nezvepano not KU Twitter kwauri ktaura uko

Bright 2 months ago

Usaite se**** ka iwe pakanzi comment apo pakaisirwei papindula tikutaur nezvepano not KU Twitter kwauri ktaura uko

Mᴀʀᴀᴠᴀᴢᴀ 2 months ago

Zɪᴍ ᴍᴜsᴛ ᴀᴠᴏɪᴅ ᴘᴏᴋɪᴛɪᴄɪsɪɴɢ sᴘᴏʀᴛs. Iғ Kᴀᴍᴀᴍʙᴏ ʜᴀs ᴀ ᴄᴀsᴇ ʟᴇᴛ ᴛʜᴇ ᴄᴏᴜʀᴛs ᴅᴏ ᴛʜᴇɪʀ ᴊᴏʙ, ᴛʜᴇʀᴇᴀғᴛᴇʀ ɪғ ᴛʜᴇ ᴅᴇᴄɪsɪᴏɴ ɪs ᴘᴏsɪᴛɪᴠᴇ ᴛʜᴇɴ ғɪʀᴇ ʜɪᴍ. Bᴜᴛ ʜᴇʀᴇ ᴛʜᴇ Sʀᴄ ɪs ᴊᴜsᴛ ᴄʟɪɴɢɪɴɢ ᴏɴ ᴜɴᴘʀᴏᴠᴇɴ ᴀʟʟᴇɢᴀᴛɪᴏɴs. ɪғ ᴛʜᴏsᴇ ᴀʟʟᴇɢᴀᴛɪᴏɴs ᴄᴏᴍᴇ ɴᴇɢᴀᴛɪᴠᴇ ᴀʟʟ ᴛʜᴇ ᴇxᴘᴇɴsᴇs ᴛᴏ ᴄᴏᴍᴘᴇɴsᴇᴛᴇ Kᴀᴍᴀᴍʙᴏ ᴡᴏᴜʟᴅ ʙᴇ ʙᴏʀɴᴇ ʙʏ Zɪғᴀ ,Mʟᴏᴛsʜᴡᴀ ᴡᴏᴜʟᴅ ʙᴇ ᴏᴜᴛ ᴏғ ɪᴛ. Aɢᴀɪɴ 𝗔𝗳𝗿𝗶𝗰𝗮𝗻 ɪs ɴᴏᴛ ᴅᴇʀᴏɢᴀᴛɪᴠᴇ, ᴍɪɴᴅ ʏᴏᴜ ᴡᴇ ʜᴀᴠᴇ sᴏ ᴍᴀɴʏ ᴡʜɪᴛᴇs ᴡʜᴏ ᴀʀᴇ Aғʀɪᴄᴀɴs.


Shadows 2 months ago

Problem ine maZimba ndeyekuisa politics pazvinhu zvese. It was everyone's wish kuti Dai zifa board yadzingwa Bcoz yauraya zimfootbal. Now zvaitwa tave kuti zvaipa. Allegations or what Kamambo hatichamuda period. Vanomuda pliz form your own zifa mumudzorere pabsa. Hatichadaa


Doug 2 months ago

An individual made a decision for the whole country to leave the Commonwealth, now we are losing sleep trying to find a way to get back. Let it not become the same with our football.


Bright 2 months ago

Ummm haa src ngairambe yakadaro nekti azvibetsere ka kti team inoerekana yakto tamba pasina even frandly match haa azviiti ka izvozvo chero ikapiwa barn no problem


Doug 2 months ago

For the sake of our football, to be able to interact beyond our borders, we have to leave out egos, emotions, politics, sovereignty and pride. An allegation is an allegation and will always be an allegation until a competent court of law rules on it. This is what FIFA is saying which some of our "learned" lawyers seem to ignore or not to know. Why do we affiliate to foreign institutions and try to force them to change on their tried and tested way of running things? Now we are trying to find our way back because a single individual had decided for the millions. Let's hope the wishes of one or a few individuals does not jeopardize out international football relationships.


Shadows 2 months ago

Src rambai makatsika ipapo. Caf irikungohukurawo zvavo


Nkust 2 months ago

Nhaiwe Mlotshwa haudi kunzi African asi **** unogarepi, zvakafanana nevanhu vanochema vakanzi blacks neva chena hanzi i racism asi iwe uri black haaaa Africans so, after all uyu Mlotshwa zvaanotaura hazvina brain kuti Zimbabwean law is supreme to fifa, you might be right asizve kana tichitaura zvebhora fifa law is supreme, src iyoyo inoshaiwa basa kana bhora vanhu vakariramwa muno Zimbabwe ys suspended ne fifa I tell you,zifa i embassy ye fifa siyai vakadaro and am now of the opinion ykt kamambo kacho kanenge kasina mhaka


Bright 2 months ago

Wakati kamambo ahana mhaka wakuda kunyepa iwe yagara plus pavakaita zoom meeting yacho waive usipo fti patori nezvakawanda zvakaurwa remember pindula ahitumire full story ka

Adv slamey 2 months ago

Pamakageza pakadziya Vakamambo muri VaZimambo FIFA , CAF mmmmmm


Munya Machemedze 2 months ago

If the courts could speed up the completion of cases then SRC argument could carry more weight. Let's pray our football won't be disrupted.



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