Kicking Back: ZIFA Members Refuse to Let Politics Ruin the Beautiful Game
A member of the Zifa board, which has been suspended, has refused to apologise for the problems in Zimbabwe’s football scene. They have criticised Gerald Mlotshwa, chairman of the Sports and Recreation Commission, calling him a liar.
Mlotshwa asked the recalled Zifa executive committee, led by Felton Kamambo and suspended general secretary Joseph Mamutse, to apologise for failing to inform Fifa that they no longer held office. Mlotshwa said this apology could help to lift Zimbabwe’s suspension from international football.
The suspended board member said that Mlotshwa should apologise to players, administrators, referees, coaches, fans, and businesses for affecting their careers and livelihoods. They also challenged Mlotshwa to prove that he was in talks with Fifa.
Fifa has given Zimbabwe six conditions to follow to be reinstated, including the reconstitution of Kamambo’s board and the abolition of the restructuring committee set up by the SRC. The suspended board member said that Zimbabwe would only be readmitted when the SRC followed Fifa’s directives.
Football stakeholders want Kamambo to be reinstated so Zimbabwe can return to international football. Mlotshwa says the SRC cannot withdraw their fraud case against Kamambo or legally reinstate him since he was revoked by the Zifa congress.
The suspended board member predicted that it would take at least 10 years for Zimbabwe’s football to recover from the effects of the Fifa ban.