WHAT FIFA BAN?…SRC unfazed by threat of sanctions ahead of Afcon kick-off

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WHAT FIFA BAN?…SRC unfazed by threat of sanctions ahead of Afcon kick-off Gerald Mlotshwa


Raymond Jaravaza
WITH the Warriors already in Cameroon for the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) finals starting nine days into the new year, many are wondering what will happen to the national team if Fifa follow through with “threats” to kick out the country from the international football family by 3 January 2022.

A tug of war has been raging between the Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) board and the Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC).

The SRC suspended the Zifa board led by Felton Kamambo over a litany of charges ranging from misappropriation of funds to sexual harassment of female referees.

Zifa denies the charges and its board claims the SRC is on a mission to freeze them out of office.

And now the Warriors are seemingly caught up in the war between the two bodies.

On Wednesday, the Warriors flew to Cameroon — the hosts of the Afcon finals — and will hold training for five days and play friendly matches before the tourney kicks off.

Back at home, the suspended Zifa board has been telling anyone who cares to listen that a Fifa ban is imminent and the international football body has given the SRC until 3 January 2022 to reinstate Kamambo and crew.

But why would the SRC send a 23-member squad to Cameroon if the Warriors are likely to be kicked out of the West African country by 3 January?

SRC chairman Gerald Mlotshwa is not a worried man.

As far as he is concerned, Fifa has not written to the SRC instructing the sports regulatory body to reinstate the suspended Zifa board.

“As the SRC, we have not received any official communication from Fifa giving us any deadline for reinstatement and that is why the Warriors are now in Cameroon preparing for the start of the tournament,” said Mlotshwa.

The SRC has closed its doors on any engagement with the suspended Zifa board members and has made sure that  football runs smoothly in the absence of Kamambo and his colleagues.

The Chibuku Super Cup was played to its conclusion before the Premier Soccer League resumed its new season, which however, was disrupted by the surge in Covid-19 cases.

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