Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA)

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Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) is the football governing body responsible for organizing all football competitions.

Founding and History

It was founded in 1965 and became an affiliate of FIFA in that same year. It is also an affiliate of the Confederation Of Africa Football(CAF) since 1980 and Council of Southern Africa Football Association (COSAFA) since 1997.[1] In 2016 ZIFA was re-branded to National Football Association of Zimbabwe in June 2016.[2]

The National Executive

  • President :Phillip Chiyangwa
  • Vice-President :Ndumiso Gumede
  • Vice-President :Kennny Marange
  • Board member Competitions: Benadict Moyo
  • Board member Development: Methembe Ndlovu
  • Board member Marketing: Nigel Munyati
  • Board member Finance: Elliot Kasu
  • Chairman Premier Socccer League: Twine Phiri
  • Chairman Central Region: Patrick Hokonya
  • Chairman Eastern Region: Fungai Chihuri
  • Chairman Northern Region: Solomon Mugavasi
  • Chairman Southern region: Gift Banda
  • Chairperson Woman Football: Mavis Gumbo
  • Secretary General: Jonathan Mashingaidze

Operations

ZIFA operats in the following four regions :

  • Central region (Matebeleland South and Midlands)
  • Eastern region (Manicaland, Masvingo and Mashonaland East)
  • Nothern region (Harare, Mashonaland Central and Mashonaland West)
  • Southern region (Bulawayo, Matebeleland South)

Asiagate Scandal

This was a match fixing scandal that came to the fore in 2010 after the national team's string of poor results. The Sports and Recreation Commission ordered an investigation to find out why the national team toured Malaysia in December 2009 without official authorization from ZIFA. The then ZIFA CEO Henrietta Rushwaya, was found guilty of sending the team to play unauthorized matches in Asia, Middle East and North Africa between August 2007 and January 2009. Rushwaya,and the then programs officer Jonathan Musavengana and FIFA-registered match agent Kudzi Shaba allegedly received US $10,000 for each of the matches.[3] The players were each paid between US $2000-US $5000 by the Asian gaming syndicates. The Warriors played more than eight games in Asia loosing all the matches against small teams like Yemen, Thailand,Bulgaria and China. It was also revealed that Monomotapa Football Club had twice impersonated the country's national team. National team coach Norman Mapeza and his assistant Joey Antipas were suspended. Thirteen players and officials were issued with life bans, seven were banned for ten years, thirty seven for five years, a further twenty five for two years and six for one year.[4]

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