Crucial Zifa meetings postponed

HARARE - The Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) has postponed indefinitely this weekend’s crucial Zifa Council and board meetings.

On Friday, the full Zifa board was scheduled to meet in the capital to discuss a number of pressing matters.

The following day, the Zifa Assembly Extra Ordinary General Meeting was supposed to convene at the Zifa Village in Mt Hampden.

“The Zimbabwe Football Association hereby informs your esteemed office and person of the postponement of the Zifa Assembly Extra Ordinary General Meeting which was set to take place on 29 November 2014 in Harare,” Zifa CEO Jonathan Mashingaidze wrote on Monday.

“The postponement has been occasioned by the need to have all the documents in respect of the new Zifa Rules and Regulations put together and the committee responsible is currently seized with finalising the documents.

“The postponement will also see the association’s networking group finalise the 2014 and 2018 Strategic Plan which shall be circulated to all members of the Assembly ahead of the new date for the Extra Ordinary General meeting.”

In cancelling Friday’s board meeting, Mashingaidze wrote: “Following the postponement of the Extra Ordinary General meeting set for November 29, 2014, to a date to be advised, the Zimbabwe Football Association hereby informs your esteemed office and person that the Board Meeting scheduled for the November 28, 2014, a day before the Extra Ordinary General Meeting, has been postponed to a date to be advised.”

The Zifa Assembly last met in July at the Zifa Village where are number of issues came out regarding the association’s audited accounts for 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Zifa councillors were presented with the accounts on the day of the meeting and requested more time to look into the books before they could ratify them.

Initially they had requested at least three weeks to peruse the financials but since then the Assembly has not been able to convene.

The councillors had hoped that they would have the opportunity to deliberate on the financials this weekend but that date has now been crapped off.

Another burning issue the two meetings were supposed to tackle was Zimbabwe’s failed bid to host the 2017 African Cup of Nations (Afcon) finals.

Although the country clearly did not meet Caf’s laid down criteria to hosting the tournament, Zifa hastily submitted a bid that was eventually turned down.

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