Harare – Zimbabwe’s Sports and Recreation Commission is investigating the Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) for allegedly flouting guidelines, policies and directives relating to external tours by football teams representing the country.
The commission’s director-general, Prince Mupazviriho, has been suspended in relation to the probe, as has ZIFA chief executive officer, Joseph Mamutse.
The charge is that the government did not clear the teams that represented at the recent COSAFA Championships in South Africa.
Sports Commission board chair, Gerald Mlotshwa, announced “The placement of the general-secretary/CEO of ZIFA, Joseph Mamutse, under immediate suspension from all forms of football administration”.
He also announced “The placement of the director-general of the Sports & Recreation Commission, Prince Mupazviriho, under immediate suspension pending an investigation into the circumstances under which ‘authority’ was purportedly granted, in retrospect, to the teams set out in 1.1 and 1.2 to travel to South Africa without the knowledge and / or authority of the SRC Board as well as the Ministries of Sport and Health”.
The commission wants to establish the circumstances under which the senior and Under-17 women’s teams travelled to South Africa without approval from authorities as per COVID-19 regulations.
The same applies to the U17 men’s participation in the COSAFA tourney. The commission also wants to establish how the same U17 team ended up being disqualified for age-cheating.