Zifa bypasses SRC

HARARE - ZIFA are headed for another showdown with the Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) after the local soccer governing body bypassed the supreme sports body with regards to the constitutional amendments reached at last month's Annual General Meeting.

Regional commissioners appointed at last month’s AGM in terms of the Zifa constitution are required to take six months to familiarise themselves with the association’s system and as part of the amendment the association want those appointed to start work immediately. 

Zifa legal practitioner Itayi Ndudzo yesterday confirmed lodging the amendments made at last month’s AGM with the international football governing body Fifa reiterating they do not need any approval from SRC in this instance.

“Remember there was only one constitutional amendment that was done and that was with regards to increasing the number of football teams in the league from 16 to 18 and the other one is not a constitutional amendment but an amendment of the Electoral Act which is different from the constitution,” Ndudzo told the Daily News yesterday.

“It is then sent to Fifa to see if it is in line with their requirement and there’s not need for us to send the same to SRC because we are an affiliate of Fifa.

“We first have to get cleared by Fifa then we simply submit our amendment with SRC only for purpose of them keeping, we don’t need approval from them.”

Meanwhile, according to the SRC Act Section 29 which stipulates that every national association’s amendments should be registered with the sports supreme body for ratification.

It says: “Where any amendment is made to the constitution or rules of a registered national association, or any alteration occurs in any of the matters or things in respect whereof particulars are required to be given as prescribed, such association shall forthwith give particulars in writing of such amendment or alteration, as the case may be, to the commission,” reads subsection five of the SRC Act.

“Upon receiving particulars of any amendment to the constitution or rules of a registered national association in terms of subsection (5), the Board shall, if it is satisfied as to the suitability of the amendment, direct the director-general to cause the amendment to be registered.

“No provision of the constitution or rules of a registered national association, and no amendment thereof, shall be of any effect unless the constitution or rules or the amendment, as the case may be, is registered in terms of subsection (4) or (6). and (8)”

An official yesterday insisted that no amendments take effect without being ratified by the SRC.

“No amendments will come into force if they are not registered with the SRC and Fifa. The SRC Act says even the regulations have to be registered by the SRC so they have to register them. Remember we registered their electoral code,” an SRC official told the Daily News yesterday.


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