Pindula
Register Login

SRC Responds To FIFA Suspension Of Zimbabwe From International Football

SRC Responds To FIFA Suspension Of Zimbabwe From International Football

The Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) has responded to a letter written by FIFA notifying the Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) that Zimbabwe had been suspended from international football. SRC said it will not be reinstating the suspended ZIFA board as directed by FIFA saying the Felton Kamambo administration is facing a number of charges which they need to be acquitted of first. Pindula News presents SRC statement:

Correspondence from FIFA, dated the 24th instant, addressed to the suspended ZIFA General Secretary purporting to suspend the Country’s national football association as a member of the FIFA ‘family’ is noted.

In essence, it appears that FIFA is constrained by the provisions of its own statutes to protect certain of the undoubted sexual predators, fraudsters, and corrupt administrators at the helm of football administration in Zimbabwe.

All this in the name of shielding ZIFA from, to quote FIFA in its letter “undue interference from a third party,”

It is a fact that some of these administrators are facing, inter alia, charges of sexual harassment, bribery, fraud and general corruption before Zimbabwe’s Courts.

FIFA has the full details of these matters.

It is clear that FIFA has interpreted these very serious charges as ‘mere allegations’ notwithstanding its “… zero-tolerance policy towards corruption, sexual abuse and any other unethical conduct.”

Both FIFA and CAF are fully aware of an insidious culture of sexual harassment perpetrated against female football referees in Zimbabwe.

For the eighteen months lapsed since these allegations were brought to their respective attention, neither body has initiated any tangible investigation focused on culprits whose names are known to them.

The instances of fraud and corruption within the corridors of ZIFA have also been brought to the attention of FIFA, who have placed on record their extreme reluctance to involve themselves in remedying this deplorable state of affairs.

The SRC has a documented and demonstrable “… zero-tolerance policy towards corruption, sexual abuse and any other unethical conduct,” in the administration of sport in Zimbabwe. It does not pay mere lip service to the same.

We, at the SRC, act decisively within the confines of the laws of Zimbabwe, in particular, the Sports & Recreation Commission Act as well as the Criminal Law Codification and Reform Act.

Board of Commissioners

Chairman Gerald Mlotshwa. Dr Allen Chiura, Colleen de Jong. Gail Van Jaarsveldt, Karen Mutasa. Niga/ Munyati. Titus Zvomuya and Sebastain Garikai (Acting Director-General)

FIFA statutes are not a part of the laws of Zimbabwe Conversely ZIFA and indeed all other national sports associations in the country are subject to the laws of Zimbabwe.

It is for this reason that they, and their respective constitutions, are registered with the SRC. FIFA recognizes ZIFA as the sole governing body for football administration in Zimbabwe by virtue of its registration with the SRC.

It is on this basis that it is admitted as a member of the ‘FIFA Family’ by FIFA.

The SRC will hold a press conference with the media on Monday, 28th February, 2022, at a time to be advised, in order to render more fully its views on the correspondence from FIFA and more importantly, to advise Zimbabweans of its road map on football and ZIFA for the duration of 2022.

It suffices to quote, for the time being, a perceptive message received from CAF President. Patrice Motsepe: –

“…We remain committed to finding a solution that respects the sovereignty and legal issues that you raised and is in accordance with the statutes and regulations of FIFA and CAF…”

Pending any such compromise, the ZIFA Executive Committee and the General Secretary shall remain suspended. The various matters pending before the Courts in Zimbabwe shall continue as shall the criminal proceedings and all other actions focused on restructuring football in our Country.

Domestic football will continue in Zimbabwe It will be supported fully by the SRC, as has been the demonstrable case thus far ZIFA will return to the “FIFA Family” when it is in a condition fit to do so.

By order of the Board

Gerald N. Mlotshwa

CHAIRMAN

24”’ February. 2022

More: Pindula News


Share Article

Sponsored

More

26 Comments

Phidza 2 months ago

Haa ini hangu ndabaiwa pamoyo i love my soccer whoever is responsible for the Mwari avenemi


Tkt 2 months ago

I admit personaly that the last,time i commented on this matter i was,wrong, whereas i thought FIFA wasnt gonna ban ZIFA

However i stand behind SRC's decision to keep holding on to their stance

chero mukandi tuka handina,basa nazvo

VIVA ~ SRC ~ VIVA


Davis Phiri 2 months ago

Src is right. fifa must not overrule our laws

Tendayi 2 months ago

Uyo arikuti 99% of Zimbabwe is behind arikuzvitora kupi ( pamwe ano shanda ku ZEC)? Mlotshwa uyo is a loose cannon. Akambozviita futi ku cricket akazopeteswa muswe anzi cricket yaku banwa mu Zimbabwe. Achangovadzora chete whether he likes it or not.


Doug 2 months ago

In Zimbabwe we seem to look at the head of an organisation as the organisation. We tend to personalize issues and get confused how the organisation should run when the one we made to be the organisation is no longer there. In this issue we need to separate Kamambo and ZIFA for our football to move forward. Those who have a bone to chew on Kamambo because he defeated them or just because they do not like him should not let the personal issues to affect ZIFA. Kamambo is Kamambo and ZIFA is ZIFA. I hope the issue will not end up rising the sentiments of racism and the other isms to try as usually happens with us in Africa. I also think FIFA's presence in any country's football is by choice.


Sponsored

More
2 months ago


Jimaz 2 months ago

Fraud yacho yakaitwa naKamambo ndeyeiko isingataurwe tongonzi fraud misuse of funds ngavatipe madetails akakwana kuti on this day so much was released by nhingi and kamambo took this and that kwete kungoimba fraud yava mu court takunzwa fraud yema letterhead , seriously ngativei nemuono kwete kuitiswa mapenzi bhora redu richifa infact FIFA said this kamambo actually is the best of all zifa presidents in terms of accountability of all the money they gave Zimbabwe coz surely Leo was muzukuru wapresident , Henrietta again hanzvadzi ya current president kana vaidya FIFA yaiita sei navo hapana
Let's not read too much of the Herald and follow issues from other reliable news outlets that are not biased . I'm not saying kamambo is a saint but kana asina mhosva ngaapedze term yake kwete kuda kumupa mhosva isingataurike


Jimaz 2 months ago

The issues here are misunderstood depending on your source of info , firstly the issue has nothing to do with corruption or any abuse but it's a power play being exibited by the SRC boss ,coz all the so called evidence was presented to FIFA by SRC and after going through all the so called evidence FIFA found no tangible issues of fraud that's why they keep referring to it as mere ellegations and found that it's just another of the capturing of state institutions being done by this so called new dispensation, for those not in the loop this SRC boss is married to the president's daughter so who do you expect our national broadcaster or herald to side with. FIFA did not at all just impose a ban but went through all that was presented by both sides and teleconferences were done and warnings sent to SRC but because of who they are they just chose to make a decision for the whole country knowing that nothing will be done to them coz of who they are . How can one be arrested for using a letterhead and you present that as evidence of fraud to FIFA
It's only in Zim were one is arrested on the instigation of others and funny the courts actually impose a 100000 bail and reporting conditions on a case of using letterheads and gives free bail to a rappist and you think FIFA is Zimbabwe


Jimaz 2 months ago

The issues here are misunderstood depending on your source of info , firstly the issue has nothing to do with corruption or any abuse but it's a power play being exibited by the SRC boss ,coz all the so called evidence was presented to FIFA by SRC and after going through all the so called evidence FIFA found no tangible issues of fraud that's why they keep referring to it as mere ellegations and found that it's just another of the capturing of state institutions being done by this so called new dispensation, for those not in the loop this SRC boss is married to the president's daughter so who do you expect our national broadcaster or herald to side with. FIFA did not at all just impose a ban but went through all that was presented by both sides and teleconferences were done and warnings sent to SRC but because of who they are they just chose to make a decision for the whole country knowing that nothing will be done to them coz of who they are . How can one be arrested for using a letterhead and you present that as evidence of fraud to FIFA
It's only in Zim were one is arrested on the instigation of others and funny the courts actually impose a 100000 bail and reporting conditions on a case of using letterheads and gives free bail to a rappist and you think FIFA is Zimbabwe let's wake up and smell the coffee before our sport is history just like our economy


2 months ago


Mdara Odza 2 months ago

Mlotswa and company are being stubborn for nothing, this is a serious matter; a FIFA ban will have wide and far reaching consequences, the women's national team will not go to AWCON, men's national team will not participate in the Afcon qualifiers, junior teams won't be able to participate in international matches, Zimbabwean clubs won't participate in CAF club football tournaments amoungst other things until such a time when the ZIFA board is reinstated. Truth of the matter is SRC is now in a tight corner, and it's not going to be long before there's pressure on it to lift the ban. Mlotswa made a wrong decision, and the entire football fraternity is now paying heavily for that. He needs to claim down and make an informed decision, cool heads prevail.


Gerald a.k.a. Bob 2 months ago

Fatma keep your FIFA and I will keep my ZIFA.


Nkust 2 months ago

@Vk,,,,,kkkkk, it's like Ukraine fighting Russia, you fight fifa without forming your own lucrative association


Hello 2 months ago

So should we let corruption take roots in Zifa? @VK


incapacitation 2 months ago

To hell with you FlFA we don't eat FIFA here in Zim


gwanda lose 2 months ago

kkkkkkk vakanyanya

Bright 2 months ago

Haaa izvi azviiti izvi so KU cosafa ahichatoende hr apa umm ma ukuwo Kenya ndanzwa sekuti yapiwawo barn


ladies man, the Gentleman 2 months ago

@Bright you sound like a very stupid man.

gift masawi 2 months ago

99% of Zimbabweans are behind the decision taken by Gerald Mlotshwa and his board. These are highly learned and credible people. Besides, we the society have given judgement.
The stories given by felton ķamambo are.not credible. His.ssociates are also guilty.
They should not waste time Convict them.


FoolishDougie 2 months ago

99% of Zimbabweans... What...that can only be a statement coming from a guilty part.

Src whaaat.... Kirsty what....
Thats all bul****

We mix politics and sports.
Kamambo was never accepted from the start by higher people.

The issue is he blocked politics into football. Thats his crime.

I wish there were independent good journalists. Anyway there might be there but fearing to say thw truth

Zimyouth 2 months ago

What does Zimbabwe, especially the footballing youth, stand to gain ne stalemate iyi. I am lost.


2 months ago


Jah🇿🇼Tsvarie-07 2 months ago

To hell with FIFA, its like teachers telling parents not to scold their own kidz, pity.
Maybe the FIFA president got some votes from them to be where he is today coz other than that polaz...


Gaffer ✪ω✪ 2 months ago

True

Vk 2 months ago

Little Zimbabwe we always think the world owes us something and will stop if we are not involved in it. Come on we are just a tiny dot in the football world and trying to take on fifa is ill-advised



Leave a comment


Recent News


News Categories



Give us a Feedback