FIFA Congress Ratifies Zimbabwe's Suspension
FIFA has ratified Zimbabwe’s indefinite suspension from international football during the 72nd FIFA Congress in Doha, Qatar.
Zimbabwe as well as Kenya and Pakistan were on Thursday suspended indefinitely.
FIFA suspended ZIFA on 24 February this year over the Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC)’s interference in football matters but placed conditions for readmission.
However, the SRC refused to meet FIFA’s conditions, leaving the world football governing body with no option but to suspend Zimbabwe indefinitely.
During the FIFA Congress held in Doha, Qatar on Thursday, 199 out of 201 voted for Zimbabwe’s suspension.
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FIFA will only lift the ban when certain conditions are met, among them the unconditional reinstatement of the Felton Kamambo-led ZIFA board.
What does the suspension mean for Zimbabwean football?
Zimbabwe will not be allowed to participate in any international football activities.
This means that the Warriors could miss out on qualification for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations finals.
Local football clubs will be barred from representing the country in continental competitions.
Local referees will not be considered for international assignments.