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Coventry Responds To FIFA Ban, Says SRC Won't Reinstate Sexual Predators

Coventry Responds To FIFA Ban, Says SRC Won't Reinstate Sexual Predators

The Minister of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation Kirsty Coventry says the Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) has been in constant communication with CAF and FIFA over the past two years to resolve the various challenges bedevilling local football.

In a statement, Coventry said the SRC wanted to respect the sovereign laws of Zimbabwe while at the same time respecting CAF and FIFA statutes.

She said after nearly two years of communication, there has been no change on the part of the ZIFA board.

On the contrary, the ZIFA board are still in and out of court fighting charges of corruption, bribery, and now new allegations and cases of sexual harassment and abuse of power.

Earlier this week, FIFA banned Zimbabwe and demanded an immediate reversal of the SRC suspension of the Felton Kamambo led ZIFA board.

In a statement on Thursday, 24 February, FIFA said Zimbabwe had lost the membership rights that include developmental programmes or training from it or continental football management body CAF.

The ban also bars football clubs from representing the country in continental competitions such as the CAF champions league and CAF confederations cup.

Coventry said the decision to suspend the ZIFA board was not taken lightly but was done for the love of the game. She said:

When we received these allegations of sexual harassment and abuse last year and found out that nothing had been done to protect the women, it was the final straw that broke the camel’s back.

This is what lead to the suspension of the ZIFA Board and Secretary-General.

…. We knew that it might come at a cost, and we are willing to take that risk because sometimes we have to fight for the voiceless, the vulnerable and the powerless.

We will stand next to these strong brave women who have come forward.

We will stand next to our athletes and ensure they have the right opportunities to drive their sport forward.

We will do anything to ensure this sport we all so dearly love is protected and is taken to new heights.

We want to find a way forward with CAF and FIFA, that allows for us as Zimbabwe to thrive as a football nation.

Coventry said that while FIFA and CAF uphold their own statutes, the SRC must do its job to protect and serve the country’s athletes.

She asserted that the SRC will not reinstate alleged sexual predators and individuals fighting legal court cases.

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Wiseman 2 months ago

Kirsty is the most useless minister we have now, even by Zanu PF's already embarassing standards. She doesn't know a thing about running sports for a country, look at the downward spiral in all sporting activities ever since she was handed the job

President RG 2 months ago

Kamambo anofanira kubva sekubvisa kwaakaita vana Cuthbert Dube that year,same zvaarikuitirwawo iye.Fair game.

chipo gwaze 2 months ago

they must be arrested ..kamambo and his gang..
this has nothing to do with politics...youre missing the point..stop personalising this issue.
Zifa is not credible..i wonder who chose them.
The truth will come out nomatter what, they have
a case to answer.

H 2 months ago

Kana tazogara Kirsty haana kunaka. Our black women are so beautiful!


zimboy 2 months ago

chino suffer ndisu SRC imbawa chaidzo, ZIFA yacho worse
..kamambo anodakupisirwa mumba

Mistubish Pajero 2 months ago

The only thing chiri kudiwa ne FIFA & CAF ndechekuti ibvumidzei iyo kuita investigation then yoita iyo decciotion kwete kuti SRC ite iyo coz ZIFA i independent bordy chete it's simple thing but ma**** ezanu ari kutya kubatwa ne mhosva thank you FIFA ne kubunner zimbabwe

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Citizens of zim 2 months ago

Kirsty akanganisirwa CV rake neZANU. Next year anoiswa paSanction

Chimdhara 2 months ago

Ngatimbomira kusvibisa zita remunhu kusvika matare apedza nyaya yacho.Muno muZim takadzidziswa kushora munhu asina mhosva pas**** ozonzi haana mhosva zita ratokanganisika kare

Black Jack 2 months ago

Musapinze zve Politics mumutambo we bhora. Kamambo ngaadzidze kubatira matarauzi ake muchiuno mhani.

Shampoo 2 months ago

Kkkkkkk kekutuwhinha karamba. Pasi na Kamambo ne timhu yake yeku molesta vakadzi

Godaz 2 months ago

Arikuti chiiko mudhidhi mukuru uyo kirst

S 2 months ago

Felton Kamambo akaitanga whu indecent assault kuvanhu kadzi vanoita zve mutambo we bhora.Saka Minister wedu we Sports is not happy about it. Even us women and our supporters, we didn't like it. Pasi na Felton Kamambo na Anhu vake Nxaaaaaa!!!!!!

Fan 2 months ago

Manchester United yatamba sei guys

Fan 2 months ago


Zimyouth 2 months ago

Man U 0 : Watford 0

Jah🇿🇼Tsvarie-07 2 months ago

Zvikakonesesa bhora racho tinotamba tiri 4 chete, Zimbabwe Koria China nd Rassia kkkk

Ghetto Yut 2 months ago

Ne Cuba futi kkkkkkk

Baba Mufaro 2 months ago

Anything done by ZANU PF must never be supported no matter what may. I stand with FIFA

Nkust 2 months ago

Kamambo kaiitei chaizvo, ane full detail tipeiwo ka tive well informed, hu ****ual predator hwacho aiita zve kudiiko

Shumba 2 months ago

Kamambo bhora Siya urifambi chaiyo

Tavada 2 months ago

Ka**** keZanu aka ka Kirsty kanondisvota

Mᴀʀᴀᴠᴀᴢᴀ 2 months ago

Wʜᴀᴛ ɪғ ᴛʜᴇ ᴄᴏᴜʀᴛs ғɪɴᴅ ᴏᴛʜᴇʀᴡɪsᴇ ᴡᴏɴ'ᴛ ᴛʜᴇʏ ʀᴇɪɴsᴛᴀᴛᴇ Kᴀᴍᴀᴍʙᴏ? Iᴛ sᴇᴇᴍs ᴘᴏʟɪᴛɪᴄs ɪs ʟᴇᴀᴅɪɴɢ ᴛʜᴇ Zɪғᴀ ɪssᴜᴇ.

Bright 2 months ago

Akuna kana politics uko inyaya yekuti kubva Kare kwaiva kwaka dhakwa vazopepuka pana kamambo chte paiva na chiyangwa ma might warriors akaenda Kuma olimpics akadzoka akapiwa ma 5 Mari wani

me i wont hide my iden gift masawi 2 months ago

My question is why fifa is so sure about felton kamambo and his associates theyre a third party in this issie outside parties for that matter, why are they not waiting for judgement from the courts.
They are also weakening their positions they should remain neutral until. a.determinatiin is made by the courts.
Felton and. his gang have cases to answer.
We are behind your decision.minister and the SRC

Mdara Odza 2 months ago

FIFA never said Kamambo, they only said it is against FIFA statutes to have government or quasi-government bodies interfere in football association affairs as such they suspended Zimbabwe. FIFA is right, they strongly disapprove of interference and Zimbabwe will remain suspended until Kamambo and Co are reinstated.

ZimCitizen 2 months ago

SRC iri kutongera pachi Zanu chaipo. It has no interests of the people at heart. Hazvishamisi kuti manje manje Kirsty anenge ave nechinzimbo mu Zanupf women's league. Nxaa.

Ginious 2 months ago

Akawo aka kekutuhwina

Vk 2 months ago

But they can't even renovate one stadium to fifa and caf standards useless minister if there is a case to answer let the police do their job, worst sports minister ever

CID Zimbabwe 2 months ago


Soso 2 months ago

I very sure this comment came from an empty headed human being called "vk".
Haugari cheri padre remadzimai iwe

Bright 2 months ago

Src ngaitoramba yakadaro nekti Zim football ummm madhaka chaiyo

SOSO 2 months ago


ngorima mushava 2 months ago

SRC rambai makdzvanya

SOSO 2 months ago


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