Suspended ZIFA board members have reportedly ruled out attending the ZIFA extraordinary general meeting (EGM) set for tomorrow.
The ZIFA councillors, with the blessing of the Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC), are expected to convene the meeting to revoke the mandate of the Felton Kamambo-led board.
The ZIFA board was suspended by the SRC in November last year over allegations of incompetence, corruption and sexual harassment.
As a result of the suspensions, Zimbabwe was consequently suspended by FIFA over government interference.
The world soccer governing body said ZIFA would only be reinstated after the suspended executive committee members regain control of the game in the country.
A source close to some of those in the Zifa board yesterday said the EGM scheduled for tomorrow was illegal and that the suspended members would not attend. The source said:
It (EGM) is illegal from all angles. The board members are suspended and their cases are before the courts how can they attend under these circumstances? It’s an illegal gathering. Even those delegates suspended by the Zifa board remain suspended because they were not sent by members of Zifa as per the dictates of the constitution, evidence is there.
The source added that SRC chairperson Gerald Mlotshwa’s actions were self-serving and did not consider the broader interests of football stakeholders.
Prospects Of Participating In the 2023 AFCON:
a). The Confederation of African Football (CAF) led by Patrice Motsepe involved the Warriors in the draw despite the suspension.
b). Meanwhile, with the SRC adamant that the restructuring committee that it put in place will see through its mandate, Zimbabwe’s participation is in doubt.
c). Mlotshwa says participation will largely depend on the progress made by the restructuring committee in drafting a new constitution ahead of ZIFA elections and any adoption of their recommendations by ZIFA Congress.
d). Yet, AFCON qualifiers start on May 30, where the Warriors were grouped with Morocco, South Africa and Liberia.
e). And, ZIFA needs to get its suspension lifted at least two weeks before the qualifiers begin
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