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FIFA Will Eventually Lift ZIFA Suspension - Banda

FIFA Will Eventually Lift ZIFA Suspension - Banda

Acting Zimbabwe Football Association (FIFA) president, Gift Banda, said that FIFA will eventually lift Zimbabwe’s suspension from international football tournaments.

Speaking in an interview with The Standard on Saturday, Banda said the conditions given by FIFA for them to lift the suspension have been overtaken by events. Banda said:

We cannot be banned forever and we are positive that FIFA will have to listen to us and lift the suspension.

We have already written to them and we are awaiting their response.

I think FIFA must not prescribe what is good for us, but we are in a better position to know what is best as Zimbabweans.

The fact that FIFA gave conditions, which include the reinstatement of the Kamambo-led board, in order to lift the ban has been overtaken by events.

Some of those individuals’ mandates were revoked by over 42 people in the ZIFA council and if they are reinstated who are they going to work with when they are no longer wanted?

ZIFA was suspended from FIFA membership due to third-party interference in the running of football in the country.

That was after the Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) suspended the ZIFA board led by Felton Kamambo for abuse of public funds among other allegations.

On 23 April, ZIFA councillors revoked the mandate of Kamambo, Philemon Machana and Brighton Malandule and elected Banda as the acting president.

Banda had been elected ZIFA vice president in 2018 but was suspended by Kamambo and his colleagues barely a month after coming into office.

More: The Standard

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10 Comments

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

Rules are clear but hard to follow, The govt must stop its interferrence ne bhora, ivo varikumborwadziwa neyi. They should let Fifa do its job. Fifa is much principled and much trustworthy and effective than SRC. They are better in every sense compared to Zim govt. So why bother nhai vakuru vakuru vehurumende


Nkust 2 weeks ago

Nhau haisi ye kuti kamombe achashanda nani ku fifa ikoko vanogona kunge vasingatomuzivi kamombe vachingoziva kuti mutemo wakatyorwa ne src chete hence a suspension, ko iwe banda unodiwa nani


Promise Kanyenze 2 weeks ago

Kamambo ZIFA haisi yemhuri yekwako. Urikutiurayira bhora munyika yedu. Just resign. There is nothing chawakaita kubva zvawakapinda. Get out !!


zimyouth 2 weeks ago

The Banda led ZIFA Executive is like POLAD. Kuzvifadza pasina chinobuda intentionally.


Biden 2 weeks ago

Kkkkk fifa should not intefer but you wrote to them, they manage the game for the whole world and they make the rules, our suspension was ratified by other countries, that's why we were booted out afcon qualifiers, reinstate kamambo and all will be well, bez they rarely bend their rules for a certain country


Joe Brownn 2 weeks ago

I support FIFA'S stance, no interference in the running of football. Reinstate Kamambo and the suspension will be lifted immediately.


ZimSports 2 weeks ago

Just because you are now at helm. Get away we don't need you. Get elected the normal way not sneaking inside through capricious


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Putin 🇷🇺 2 weeks ago

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Tateguru 2 weeks ago

Yes, will not be banned forever but might be banned for a very long time.
Actually what FIFA laid out was not overtaken by events Instead the Sports Commission was overtaken by the grace period.


.. 2 weeks ago

If you want to be part of FIFA you follow their protocols zvekuti overcomed by events will result in your football not crossing boarders, 🚮



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