Zifa continues blundering ways


EVER since the Felton Kamambo executive came into power at the Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) in December 2018, they have made many miscalculated errors that have brought the game into disrepute.

Only in their first month, Kamambo and Co suspended vice-president Gift Banda and the action has since been deemed to have been unconstitutional.

Up until now, Zifa is still embroiled in a messy legal battle with Banda which has proven to be costly for both parties.

Then there was the classic trip of shame when the Warriors hogged global back pages for the wrong reasons after they embarked on an industrial action at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) in Egypt.

Zifa had told the entire nation that the team’s welfare was going to be well-catered for at the tournament and the government even chipped in by organising a fundraising banquet which was oversubscribed by the corporate sector.

But on the eve of the Afcon tournament, the players threatened not to take part in the opening game of the finals against the host since their dues had not been deposited into their accounts.

In the end, the government and the Confederation of African Football (Caf) had to intervene and salvage the situation, but great embarrassment had been brought onto the country.

All these missteps had highlighted to Zimbabweans that there is clearly a lack of leadership at 53 Livingstone Avenue.

At the moment, the entire globe is struggling to deal with the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic which has now killed over 230 000 people and infected close to 3,4 million.

Sport has suffered dearly due to the nationwide lockdowns currently being implemented by most governments across the world.

In a bid to see the resumption of football on the continent, Caf last month wrote to its members requesting to know the status and possible restart scenarios they were working on.

Zifa should have relayed such information to all its affiliates and in particular the Premier Soccer League (PSL), which is the flagship division in the country.

However, Zifa sat on the communication for at least five days before eventually getting in touch with the PSL after the Daily News had made some inquiries.

Caf have given all its members a deadline of this coming Tuesday to respond with all the necessary information.

But due to their lack of leadership, Zifa sat on such critical information which could jeopardise local football.

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