SRC sets up Zifa probe team

HARARE - The Sports and Recreational Commission (SRC) has expressed its displeasure with the way the Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) is running their affairs, and has tasked a committee to investigate the shambolic operations at the association.

The team made up of chairperson Obadiah Moyo, former president of the Zimbabwean Hockey Association Farai Kanyangarara, Mirriam Mushayi and former Zimbabwe Ladies Golf Union president Jessie Nyakatwa will make inquiries on Zifa operations before giving recommendations at the end.

As part of their probe, Moyo’s committee had also been tasked to look into the frosty relationship between Zifa chief executive Jonathan Mashingaidze and some of the Zifa board members and councillors.

Zifa vice president Omega Sibanda, board member in charge of women’s football Miriam Sibanda and board member finance Bernard Gwarada has all been suspended along with several councillors. 

A statement released by SRC yesterday reads: “As a follow-up to the statement made on 16 June 2015, the Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) would like to advise that it has resolved to institute a formal inquiry into the challenges that our football is facing.

“To this end, the SRC Board has appointed the following Commissioners to constitute the Committee of Inquiry into the State and Administration of Football:

“The Committee is mandated to obtain evidence in respect of governance, strategic and operational issues with a view to recommending specific interventions required to arrest the decline in our football and get it back on a development trajectory.

“The Committee is expected to submit its report by 31 July 2015 after which the full SRC Board will decide on the Committee’s recommendations.

“The Commission is convinced that this evidence based approach to decision-making will assist in finding sustainable solutions to the current problems in football.  “

“Fifa has been advised on this development and we hope that they will embrace it as a positive initiative that will address issues of mutual concern as discussed during their visit to Zimbabwe on 11 and 12 May 2015.

“The Committee is expected to obtain oral and written evidence from various stakeholders and it will publicize its consultation programme as a matter of priority.

“Meanwhile the Commission will continue to engage Zifa and other stakeholders with a view to ensuring that ongoing national team commitments are fulfilled.”

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