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ZIFA Official Resigns Amid Female Referees Sexual Harassment Allegations

ZIFA Official Resigns Amid Female Referees Sexual Harassment Allegations

Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) Referees Committee secretary-general, Obert Zhoya, has resigned from his post following allegations of sexual harassment raised by female referees.

Zhoya’s resignation marks the first time that a senior official linked to suspended ZIFA president Felton Kamambo has quit the association.

One of Zhoya’s alleged victims claimed that she had been “humiliated, intimidated and degraded” after he reportedly asked her via WhatsApp to spend the night with him in a hotel. She wrote to ZIFA:

I would like to put on record that he had been making these unwelcome sexual advances since September 2019.

The allegations I make herein are backed by evidence in the form of phone call voice recordings.

I then got the courage from the evidence I had and learned that I’m not the only one (who) was subject to this harassment.

I have been on the ZIFA (referees) panel since 2019, I’m 30 years old. I expected to be treated with respect, not like a lady of the night.

I, however, request you to look into the matter and possibly address the issue and in the process protect me and my fellow female referees who are suffering silently.

According to a report by a British newspaper, The Guardian, both FIFA and CAF confirmed that they were aware of the allegations of the sexual harassment of the female referees by some named ZIFA officials.

In his resignation letter, Zhoya acknowledged the status of Xolisani Gwesela, as the acting chief executive at ZIFA, a position that is disputed by the suspended ZIFA board. Said Zhoya:

This letter serves to inform you that I have, with immediate effect, resigned as secretary-general of the Zimbabwe Football Association Referees Committee, a position that I have been holding since March 2019.

I have taken this decision purely on professional grounds so as to pass the baton to new blood for the development of referees.

Let me take this opportunity to thank the Zimbabwe Football Association for entrusting me with this responsibility and I would want to wish the Zimbabwe football family well.

More: H-Metro

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14 Comments

Tete 2 months ago

Dayi vakadzi vese vayiti vakanyengwa
voti, "I have been humiliated, intimidated and degraded”, pane ayiroorwa? Kana usingangodi murume akunyenga unongomuwudza feya kuti handikudi zvopera, kwete kuti nyawudza. Munenge monizvidawo futi imi.


Boys 2 months ago

Varume dont just insult these guys sezvinonzi imi hamudi lula. These guys are unfortunate to be in public office otherwise varume vazhinji tigawona magero tinokanda mashoko.


bored 2 months ago

haunyari vakaita sei izvozvi mkadzi nemhuri izere kumba gutsikanavo nemudzimai vako


chipo 2 months ago

vana vedu varimunhamo kkkk dai akanakawi pa face kkk zvaanotyisa dau varega kutiratidza picture yake.
Waita hako taizviziva achakaura chisikana wataura
kwasara iye Kamambo ...hokoyi chimoto Felton chauya......tiza.zvozvi vane vakadzi ne


Yellow Mellow 💛 2 months ago

He looks like a 🦛 Hippopotamus #Mr Ugly himself


benzi remunhu 2 months ago

psteke kwana


👽 2 months ago

face yacho chete ahurambe


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Tito 2 months ago

Yah, one down, handei tione. SRC fambai nebhora vakomana. Team yakabaiwa.


kartel 2 months ago

mayday mayday we under attack we going down vakutiza chimoto


sugar boy 2 months ago

uyo ndiye chete neziso racho iro


Tio 2 months ago

Kkkkkkk , i think cases like this of ****ual harassment should be taken again on a civil matter ku court chaiko and him face the music. So that vamwe vatye kuita izvozvo

chief Nemauyu 2 months ago

why has he resigned before a crucial indaba.



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