The Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) board has been accused of violating its own constitution and Sport and Recreation Commission (SRC) Act thereby paralysing the association’s structures while the term of office for the board and councillors is set to expire on March 31.
The Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Sport, Arts and Recreation today heard submissions from various stakeholders on the state of football in the country.
Football stakeholders painted a grim picture of the state of football in their submissions saying the game had deteriorated over the years through corruption, mal-administration and misappropriation of funds.
The hearing adjourned briefly soon after convening following a point of order by Norton legislator Themba Mliswa to clarify whether most of the stakeholders were not mere creditors and former employees who had appeared before and had pending cases (sub-judice) before the courts.
Chairman of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Sport, Arts and Recreation Kennedy Musanhi reminded stakeholders they were not a debt collection agency, court of law or judge but another pillar or arm of state which stood guided by the courts and the decisions by the court and uphold, respect the judiciary and the country’s constitution.
Zifa former honourary board member Maseko raised concerns on football development and lack of resources and facilities to develop grassroots junior football thereof.
Lifelong Footballers Trust chairman Francis Zimunya-Nyamutsamba raised concerns on how football is being run in the country, failure to qualify for major regional and other tournaments including Chan describing as deplorable the way the game had deteriorated over the years through corruption, mal-administration by non-football people.
65 year-old football legend July Sharara highlighted the plight of former players and poor treatment they receive and including lack of recognition while Eric Aisam bemoaned the FIFA football development grant which did not reach the intended beneficiaries.
Former Zifa administrator Lazarus Muhurushomana described the SRC Act as useless and full of loopholes and a hindrance in the supreme sports governing body playing its watchdog role.
The hearing was adjourned to a later date as the house was due to sit after lunch.