Sports Commission demands answers from ZIFAThomas Kwenaite
Two weeks after suspending the Zimbabwe Cricket the country’s football federation has also been hauled before the Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) to answer allegations emanating from their disastrous African Nations Cup campaign in Egypt.
www.thomaskwenaite.co.za is in possession of a stinging letter sent to the Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) in which the sports controlling body demands answers to the chaos that marred the team’s participation in AFCON 2019.
The organization demands that ZIFA should furnish them with documents detailing all the funds they have received from FIFA, CAF and the government from December 2018 to the present.
They are also demanding that ZIFA furnish them with details of a chartered plane which carried a group of people to Egypt and explain their positions within football as well as the amount spent to charter the flight and how much accommodation has been paid for the traveling party in the chartered flight.
In addition, the SRC also demand to see the bonus agreement between ZIFA and the Warriors and further demands an affidavit from the Warriors captain Knowledge Musona detailing the agreement between the players and ZIFA as well as what exactly happened from his point of view in Cairo.
“The Zimbabwe Sports and Recreation Commission is acutely aware of the controversies that surrounded the Warriors AFCON campaign which sadly came to an inglorious and abrupt end on Sunday June 30,” reads a part of the letter by Director General Prince Mupazviriho.
“These controversies give rise to a prima facie case of gross incompetence on the part of ZIFA, such conduct and/or omissions appearing consistent with section 30 (i) © of the SRC act regarding conduct by ZIFA “in a manner which is contrary to the national interest.”
“In terms of the said section 30, the SRC board has directed the ZIFA to avail it of the following detailed information on/or before close of business on Friday 12th July 2019.
*Zifa to detail all funds received by it from FIFA and CAF and or any other football body recognized by FIFA during the period 16th December 2018 to 30 June 2019.
*Zifa to detail all funds disbursed to all members of its board during the same period and the purpose for each such disbursement to the member concerned.
*Zifa to further detail all funds received by it from government and members of the public during the period aforesaid.
*Zifa to explain the source of funding for the charter of an aeroplane to Cairo for its members and supporters of the Warriors.
*Zifa to provide the rationale for this decision in light of allegations that all or some of the Warriors had outstanding emoluments to them.
*Zifa to provide a passenger manifest in respect of such charter and the reason for the journey by each such person in the manifest.
*The total cost of the charter and the total cost of accommodation paid for by ZIFA in respect of the charter passengers.
*ZIFA to provide an affidavit from the Warriors captain (Knowledge Musona) regarding his views and opinions in respect of the reported discord within the Warriors camp over outstanding allowances and agreement on AFCON fees.
The SRC also notes that ZIFA requested a meeting in a letter dated July 1, but their request for a meeting was turned down and informed that their request shall only be considered after they had provided the information requested above.