Knives sharpen for Zifa

HARARE - The Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) has come under fire following the failure by the Mighty Warriors to travel to Ivory Coast for today’s 2016 Olympic Games qualifier.

Rosemary Mugadza’s team was scheduled to travel on Friday but Zifa postponed the trip for yesterday as they did not have funds to pay for air tickets. The team were supposed to leave for the West African country yesterday but the trip was aborted.

This latest gaffe will attract a huge fine from Caf and it will result in the team probably getting suspended from future tournaments.

The Ivory Coast federation is also likely sue Zifa for the lost revenue they used to prepare for this match. 

“The Zimbabwe Football Association sincerely apologises to the football family and the nation at large for the senior women’s team, the Mighty Warriors’ failure to travel on time to fulfil an Olympic Games qualifier against Cote d’Ivoire scheduled for July 19, 2015. The team was set to leave on Friday evening but due to logistical challenges which could not be rectified on time, the trip failed to materialise.

“We deeply regret the inconveniences such an unfortunate development has brought on the players, the technical team and every football loving Zimbabwean. As the supreme football governing body, we take full responsibility of the team’s failure to fulfil the important encounter but we still appeal for external financial assistance with regards to organising international matches,” said in a statement yesterday.

Former Zifa Northern Region chairman Francis Zimunya, who is now leading the Lifelong Footballers Trust of Zimbabwe, was critical of the current regime led by Cuthbert Dube.

“But why do they embark on trips which they have not budgeted for? The commission of enquiry should look into that matter because it’s embarrassing but not surprising to say the least. You ask yourself whether Dube and his board operate on any approved budgets from the Zifa Council or Zifa Assembly, they did not even hold their AGM which means whatever they are doing wasn’t approved.

“This is the reason why we delivered a letter to Dube telling him that his mandate had expired. Cuthbert Dube and his board must be charged with treason for bringing the game and country into disrepute and we are saying enough is enough.

“This is what we have always been saying but they didn’t listen and I believe that we have been vindicated. This whole board has to go that’s the only solution.

“We are coming from the commission of enquiry where we told them that let there be a normalisation committee and by now it should have normalised these things,” said Zimunya.

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