11 July 2019
REVIEW OF THE AFCON 2019 FINALS TOUR OF DUTY
The ZIFA Executive Committee met on the 10th of July 2019 and deliberated on the Warriors’ performance at the 2019 AFCON finals and the subsequent negative publicity the association has endured. The Emergency Committee met in terms of article 40 of the ZIFA constitution which empowers them to meet and deal with all matters requiring immediate settlement between meetings of the Executive Committee.
The Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) remains grateful to the nation, supporters and all stakeholders who contributed in many different ways towards the team’s participation in Africa’s most prestigious tournament. Here is ZIFA’s position on issues surrounding the Cairo trip, some of which have been misrepresented and misconstrued.
Letter from the Sport and Recreation Commission in relation to Afcon
The Association confirms having received correspondence from SRC in relation to our organisation of the 2019 Afcon campaign. We are studying the letter meticulously and we will respond at the appropriate time. We have also notified FIFA of this correspondence.
Players’ return tickets
The Executive Committee is disappointed by individuals peddling false reports alleging that players paid for their return tickets from Egypt. The truth is that return tickets for all members of the official ZIFA delegation were purchased by the association through the CAF travel facility.
Group stage elimination
Despite investing immensely in preparing for the 2019 finals, the association has to move on from the team’s failure to qualify for the knockout stage. It is an outcome that was hard to accept. Technical Development Committee is also seized with compilation of a comprehensive report to inform the association on how to improve technical aspects which were found wanting at the 2019 finals.
Councillors’ trip to Cairo
The Executive Committee maintains that the decision to send councilors to the AFCON finals was in line with ZIFA’s long term goals of empowering ad educating football administrators through benchmarking trips. This was the second trip of this nature following the visit by the Executive Committee, regional chairpersons and members of the secretariat to South Africa in April.
The Executive Committee was not amused by the chaos that surrounded the Warriors camp at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations finals, and will institute an adhoc committee to probe several issues that characterised the team’s stay in Egypt. This is in line with section 51 of the ZIFA constitution.
ZIFA has evidence of infiltration of the Warriors camp by a group of vengeful individuals bent on undoing the great work done by the current executive. Processes are underway to report them to CAF and FIFA so that they are barred from football corridors. They will be named and shamed soon.
Coordinated reputational attacks
Despite the consistent and coordinated peddling of negativity against ZIFA, the executive committee remains united and steadfast on promoting development of our football, and will never abdicate from its mandate. Attacks on the reputation of ZIFA are by vengeful elements who wanted but failed to monopolise corridors of football administration and their cohorts. We are disappointed that former ZIFA president Phillip Chiyangwa and former ZIFA vice president Omega Sibanda, Executive committee member Chamu Chiwanza have been trying to destabilise the tranquillity that has prevailed in local football since president Kamambo took over. We have since reported these individuals to FIFA. The emergence committee has also taken a decision to recall Phillip Chiyangwa from his position as COSAFA president.
Suspension of Mr Chiwanza
The Emergency committee has resolved to suspend Executive Committee Member Chamunorwa Chiwanza. Mr Chiwanza is accused of electoral fraud, threatening a member of the ZIFA congress, destabilising Warriors Afcon camp among a host of charges. Mr Chiwanza’s suspension would be ratified by the next full board meeting in line with article 40.3 of the ZIFA constitution