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Court Blocks Kamambo From Travelling To Qatar

Court Blocks Kamambo From Travelling To Qatar

A Harare magistrate has dismissed an application by suspended Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) president Felton Kamambo and Philemon Machana to have their passport released to enable them to travel to Doha, Qatar, for the FIFA Congress next week.

Kamambo and Machana’s passports are being held by the court as part of their bail conditions in an alleged criminal abuse of office case.

The duo’s lawyer, Admire Rubaya, argued that the court must suspend the bail conditions for the accused to allow them to attend the FIFA congress so that they can persuade the world football governing body to remove the sanctions it imposed on Zimbabwean football. Rubaya argued:

By March 31, Zimbabwe is risking being fully banned which will have consequences for the country.

The accused will go to bridge the dispute with FIFA so that the country cannot be banned for long.

They must be allowed to save Zimbabwean soccer. The State had not responded to our letter.

However, Harare magistrate Stanford Mambanje dismissed an application noting that the State has already announced that it is prepared to face the consequences, therefore, Kamambo and Machana’s absence at the congress will not prejudice the country.

In any case, the duo’s charges emanated from communicating with FIFA when they are on suspension, hence, the temporary release of their passports was similar to the removal of their charges, noted Mambanje.

Kamambo, Machana and their co-accused ZIFA chief executive officer Joseph Mamutse and Brighton Malandule were suspended by the Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) last year on charges of fraud, failing to investigate sexual harassment allegations, among others.

More: NewsDay

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13 Comments

Anonymous 3 months ago

Aida kuendepi?? hapana anotiza nhamo we are going to face this together. to ma ma tese tirimuno, imi motoenda quata isu tichiona d1 ne d2 imi muchiona remu stadium.... we are in this together


mzukuru 3 months ago

felton u are fughtung 3 battkes which iam guessing you will not pissitively go away with

Chiyangwa is bitter you replaced him after he pumped so much money to th electrorate to cobvince them to vote hin ib unfortunately pakaitwa bhora musango

felton u are battling with SRC which is th governmemt

its a delayed match your term in office will lapse without any positive development you achieved inline with your duties as president

felton and jqcob mafume th spirit of being in police custody,court cases is haunting you i dont know if uou can be cleansed against that spirit

regqrds
mzukuru


victory 3 months ago

felton and his zanu pf killed our sport ..let them all go tu hell


Skim 3 months ago

Hahaha Felton better apologize because you are the reason why zim was banned no one likes we hate you hamba uyogeza elwandle ukhuphe umnyaka otherwise vele awuphumeleli asante


@YoungAcademic 3 months ago

AND WHY ON EARTH ARE WE STILL BOTHERING TO NEGOTIATE WITH FIFA...THAT INSTITUTE IS CORRUPT AND RACIST...THE WORLD CUP IS UNFAIR AND IN FACT ITS BASICALLY A EUROPEAN CUP WITH OTHERS INVITED...IF YU HAVE ENOUGH MONEY YU CAN SIMPLY PAY TO HOST IT NO MATTER WHAT YOUR HUMAN RIGHTS RECORD IS LIKE..

HALF OF ALL EUROPEAN COUNTRIES GO TO THE WORLD CUP COMPARED TO JUST A FIFTH FROM AFRICA..I WISH ONE DAY THIS TOURNAMENT WOULD SIMPLY GET BOYCOTTED


professor 3 months ago

FIFA Congress to attend what ?FIFA who suspended us to hell


sportsmen 3 months ago

feltin can attend virtually we have no problem with that, who is he representing? Zimbabwe does not trust him we dont even like him.
He must be put on tbe stand first and cleard of the charges he faces.
allow me to put my views down even if you dont agree with them. This platform is open dont sanction people.


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doug 3 months ago

With the modern technology, Kamambo and the others will participate in the conference live. FIFA and the rest of the football world will read into that. Who is this "state" who the magistrate says is ready to face the consequences as the few do not represent the wishes of the millions of football fans and stakeholders.FIFA membership should not be taken like a gravy train where other sections of the society need to be kept away from.


mwr das 3 months ago

felton wants ti run away from his charges he must face the music


Tanu Mark Finnity 3 months ago

Don't allow them to leave the country


Chen 3 months ago

Fighting these Zanu PF shenanigans won't get you anywhere my dear brother, you will end up like Mary Mubaiwa. Just join CCC , together we conquer.


Sure 3 months ago

☝☝☝

Makelanwi 3 months ago

Kamambo must chicken out of this Zimbabwe Soccer saga.He is fighting against the system,and to expect to win this cold war might not be easy.



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