Zimbabwe is risking a ban from football’s world governing body Fifa after it sports regulatory body, the Sports and Recreation Commission (Src) announced the suspension of the entire executive board of the Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) on Tuesday.
The Src announced the suspension of the Zifa board in a statement on Twitter.
“SRC suspends ZIFA board, more to follow,” the Src said.
Fifa disapproves of government interference in the running of a member association and has banned countries from all forms of football as a result in the past.
The decision by the Src to suspend the Zifa board was announced on the same day the leadership of the two organisation’s leaders were expected to meet for a crucial meeting just two days after the Zimbabwe men’s national team; the Warriors completed their disastrous 2022 World Cup campaign.
The leadership at Zifa which is led by veteran football administrator Felton Kamambo has been blamed for the Warriors’ recent run of poor results.
Src have also previously accused the Zifa board of alleged mismanagement of funds.
However the suspension is likely to attract severe sanctions from the world football governing body Fifa which does not tolerate government interference in football matters.
A Fifa ban would result in the Warriors being barred from participating in the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) tournament to be held in Cameroon early next year.