What’s Next For Zimbabwe Football? As Kamambo, Machana & Malandule Recalled

In a Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) held in Harare on Saturday, 45 of the 58 congress members voted to recall the embattled association’s president Felton Kamambo and two other board members Philemon Machana and Brayton Malandule.

However, the ZIFA councilors retained the rest of the members of the executive committee who included Premier Soccer League chairperson Farai Jere, Woman’s soccer league chair Barbara Chikosi and ZIFA vice president Gift Banda who is now acting President.

They are now expected to engage the Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) to inform them of their decision and try to convince the government body to lift the suspension that was imposed on the board.

ZIFA Northern division chairperson Martin Kweza who chaired the EGM on Saturday outlined that the availability of some board members who were spared after Saturday’s revocations, constitute 50 percent of the board and are hoping to get approval from the SRC and FIFA to have Zimbabwe readmitted to international football in time for the 2023 Africa Cup of nations qualifiers.

“What is important at the moment is that we have 50 percent of the board after revocations,” said Kweza speaking to The Herald

In terms of the constitution 50 percent can still run the board until the end of the term, then they can still consider co-opting more members.”

“But remember the ZIFA board is still suspended by the SRC, so these guys cannot start their operations immediately because of that suspension.

“So the working group and the ZIFA secretariat will have to engage the SRC and try to convince them to lift the suspension.

“The EGM, which in our view as football parliament was successful in trying to resolve some internal problems stalling our football, was just one hurdle we have completed. There is still a lot of work to be done,” said Kweza.

The Warriors are at risk of missing out the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers if Zimbabwe is not readmitted to international football by the 16th of May.

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