Zimbabwe Football Association board suspended after World Cup ignominy

June 26, 2019 Knowledge Musona of Zimbabwe looks dejected at the end of the game Reuters

Zimbabwe’s participation in next January’s Africa Cup of Nations final was put in jeopardy on Tuesday as the country’s sports and recreation commission suspended the governing body of the football association (ZIFA) .

The announcement was made without an explanation, which the commission said would be detailed later, but comes after Zimbabwe finished bottom of their World Cup qualifying group, without winning a match.

He is certain to be condemned by FIFA and to attract the threat of suspension from world football’s governing body, which rigorously seeks to protect its member federations from government interference.

Usually, governments are forced to back down under the threat of their country being suspended from all footballing activity.

Zimbabwe were held 1-1 by Ethiopia in their final World Cup qualifier at home to Harare on Sunday after a late equaliser.

Their form in the campaign contrasted with that at the start of the year, when they comfortably qualified for the Nations Cup final.

In World Cup qualifiers they sacked Croatian coach Zdravko Logarusic, while captain Khama Billiat on Monday unexpectedly retired from international football even with the possibility of playing in the Nations Cup months away.

Over the years, the Zimbabwe Football Association has suffered from a constant cash crunch and the team was kicked out of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers after failing to pay an unpaid debt to former coach Jose’ Valinhos. ‘ Claudinei despite a grace period granted by FIFA.

ZIFA has also lost several lawsuits to other creditors and suffered the ignominy of the sheriff taking away office equipment to sell and pay off debts.

They were also forced to use a bus to take their players to Malawi for a qualifying match, traveling over 12 hours over a 600km journey.

ZIFA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The Sports and Recreation Commission is a statutory body with the mandate to regulate and develop sport and recreation in Zimbabwe.


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