The suspended Felton Kamambo-led Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) board said that it is ready to continue running the affairs of Zimbabwean football after its “vindication” of any wrongdoing by FIFA.
In a statement, ZIFA said they were concerned over FIFA’s threat to ban Zimbabwe from international football after the board was suspended by the Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) in November on several allegations that include abuse of funds and sexual harassment of female referees.
ZIFA also said they want their reputation that has been damaged by the serious allegations raised by the SRC, restored. The statement read in part:
The Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) executive committee would like to inform the entire nation and football-loving stakeholders that following the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) statement of Dec 21 2021, the board is ready to continue executing its elected mandate to govern football in Zimbabwe till the lapse from of office.
The ZIFA board believes the FIFA decision did among other things, vindicate the ZIFA Executive committee of any wrongdoing contrary to allegations by the SRC in its several publications and given as reasons for them to suspend the board.
The board, therefore, reiterates that as was correctly found by FIFA after its intensive engagements and fact-finding with both ZIFA and SRC in the past 4 weeks, no shred of evidence was found or advanced by the SRC to substantiate their numerous allegations which at best are just a witch hunt, persecution and 3rd party interference under the guise of cleansing football.
To this day, the ZIFA executive committee has been exonerated by several courts in Zimbabwe and most recently by FIFA on these frivolous and malicious allegations from the SRC.
The ZIFA executive committee, therefore, reiterates its commitment for normalcy to return and has no desire for any negative consequences on our football such as banishment of Zimbabwe from football activities but also firmly believes that its reputation which was unfairly tainted by false SRC allegations must be restored.