Zimbabwean sports fraternity has once again been thrown out after a recent ban on Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) by COSAFA for failing to pay a penalty fee, Malawi sports can say.
ZIFA will not be allowed to participate in next year’s COAFA Senior Cup until the association pays US$200 000 penalty fee as stipulated in the ban.
The regional soccer board initially suspended ZIFA over the failure to host this year tournament citing inadequate preparations. The association initially agreed to host the tournament but pulled out at the last minute after the government refused to offer guarantees
ZIFA then was ordered by COSAFA to commit to hosting the 2020 competition by June 30 this year.
When the deadline elapsed without the associations response, COSAFA banned ZIFA and it to pay a total of US$200 000 fine to the regional football body. However the organization failed to pay the penalty fee prompting COSAFA to impose the last sanction.
We refer to the above matter and in particular to the original verdict of the COSAFA Disciplinary Board dated 25 April 2019 as well as the subsequent Suspensive Verdict that was communicated to the Zimbabwe football Association on May 2019.
The association was to comply with the terms of the Suspensive Verdict by 30 June 2019, failing which the terms of the original verdict would apply, stated the statement addressed to ZIFA Secretary General, Joseph Mamutse.