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"We Feel Your Pain," ZIFA Tells Warriors Fans

The Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) has appealed to players and fans to be patient with authorities as they implement measures to eradicate the various challenges bedevilling local football.

This comes after the Confederation of African Football (CAF) expelled the Warriors from the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers which start next month.

Early this year, FIFA suspended Zimbabwe from international football due to Government interference in ZIFA matters, after the Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) dissolved the ZIFA board.

In a statement, ZIFA acting president Gift Banda said it is crucial to address the problems within local football rather than prioritising international tournaments. Said, Banda:

We feel the pain of the fans, and our players, who have found themselves on the sidelines, especially with regards to our absence from the qualifiers for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations finals.

But we also appeal to them to understand and appreciate that for us to prioritise participation in international tournaments, right now, when our house is on shaky ground, will not be beneficial for our football.

I, therefore, appeal for patience and everyone involved in football to let the reform process take its course because, in the end, the mission will be for the benefit of all who are part of our beautiful game.

Crucially, it will be for the benefit of future generations, our next generation of Warriors who, in the previous set-up, have found themselves on the sidelines without being exposed to the international tournaments, of their age groups, to help in their development.

Admittedly, it is painful that our country will, for the first time, not participate in the qualifiers of AfricaÔÇÖs flagship tournament.

But it is of paramount importance to emphasise that there is a myriad of problems bedevilling our beautiful game and authorities have embarked on firm corrective measures to reform the game.

These fundamental and deep-seated problems require the concerted efforts of all stakeholders in order to resolve them.

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15 Comments

madhisinyongoro 1 month ago

zifa and zanu pf miolo


Quality Clothing Bales Mabhero 0733499555 1 month ago

Bhora musango hapana chiri better


aturo hemano 1 month ago

kuuraya zvinhu zvese hapana kana chipenyu munyika yedu


Baba Gumede 1 month ago

soccer in Zimbabwe needs cleaning up seriously and for sure we can't prioritize things like afcon when our football is in mess .


biggie smalls 1 month ago

src could have a point hw far could the missing balance have gone in supporting grassroot level football, anyway enough talk more action


Alvord 1 month ago

This corruption bug in our country Zim. For how long shall it continue like that.


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Tateguru 1 month ago

Is there any assurance that the current ZIFA board is corrupt free and SRC will not act the same?
I see SRC itself toothless in the next ZIFA board incapability.
The Kamambo board should have been reprimanded any other Fifa supported way.
SRC should have approached Fifa with their complain


­čśş­čśş­čśş­čśş­čśş 1┬ámonth ago

Chimbo nyararayi imi zvebhora izvi hazviite nema komuredhi izvi panewo here Team ye bhora yema komuredhi yanoziwa since 1979?
Tambirayi bhora pa Ballot
Ok ­čÖä­čĄö


The Bush Lawyer's Nephew 1 month ago

What are you doing as an institution since you feel our pain? You've failed us as a nation. An apology is definitely not enough...


Reece, John(Concerned Third Party) 1 month ago

Where's the uncle┬┐?

Steven Chidhumo 1 month ago

If you feel our pain bring back Kamambo and team


Mafirakureva 1 month ago

My apologies @Murozvi, You are correct.

Take 2. Harassment of Female Referees ÔŁôÔŁôÔŁôÔŁô

Murozvi 1 month ago

Your facts are not correct. The money ended up with Kazembe. Zifa never got the money

Mafirakureva 1 month ago

I beg to differ. Kamambo is part of the problem. If you followed the AFCON Egypt fiasco, US$1.5 million was raised for The Warriors, but players only received less than US$300,000 and Kamambo's ZIFA either failed, refused to account for, never said what happened to the balance. That is why ZIFA board was dismissed.

Bringing him back with this hanging over his head, surely will ensure he will wiggle his way out of the mess he created. He must account for that money.

Luvah 1 month ago

killing Zim sport

vote CCC



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