SRC sticks to its guns despite FIFA ban

By Ian Zvoma

The Sports and Recreation Commission has responded to FIFA’s decision to suspend Zimbabwe from international football, with SRC board chairman Gerald Mlotshwa saying the Felton Kamambo-led ZIFA board remains suspended.

“FIFA statutes are not a part of the laws of Zimbabwe. Conversely, ZIFA, and indeed all other national sports associations in the country, are subject to the laws of Zimbabwe.

“It is for this reason that they, and their respective constitutions, are registered with the SRC. FIFA recognizes ZIFA as the sole governing body for football administration in Zimbabwe by virtue of its registration with the SRC,” Kamambo said.

He added: “We remain committed to finding a solution that respects the sovereignty and legal issues that you raised and is in accordance with the statutes and regulations of FIFA and CAF. Pending any such compromise, the ZIFA Executive Committee and the General Secretary shall remain suspended.

“The various matters pending before the Courts in Zimbabwe shall continue as shall the criminal proceedings and all other actions focused on restructuring football in our Country. Domestic football will continue in Zimbabwe. It will be supported fully by the SRC, as has been the demonstrable case thus far.”

Zimbabwe was suspended from international football by the world football governing body this Thursday with FIFA citing interference by a third party after the SRC suspended the ZIFA board on various allegations including misappropriation of funds.

FIFA said Zimbabwe’s suspension will only be lifted if the ZIFA board is reinstated alongside suspended Chief Executive Officer, Joseph Mamutse.

The world football governing body has also directed the SRC to withdraw the court case in which Kamambo and his colleagues Philemon Machana, Brighton Malandule and Stanley Chapeta are facing charges of fraud.