ZIMBABWE Football Association (Zifa) chairman Rafiq Khan this week wrote to Fifa seeking the endorsement of his suspension of eight council members who wanted to oust him.
A copy of the letter in possession of IndependentSport states that the eight councillors, led by board member and Zifa northern region chairman Francis Zimunya and southern region’s Leonard Nkala “brought the game into disrepute by organising illegal meetings and were subsequently suspended indefinitely”.
Khan on Wednesday said he wrote the letter on Tuesday and sent it to Fifa deputy secretary Jerome Champagne.
“We are following up on the reply we got from Fifa when they said we must take measures to ensure that sanity prevails at Zifa,” said Khan.
“Fifa also said that we must notify them about the measures we would have taken. Here we are merely notifying them about the indefinite suspension of these councillors, which had been decided well before we approached Fifa over this matter,” he said.
Zimunya was still defiant this week, saying the suspension was “inconsequential” and called on Khan “to come and face the Zifa council and discuss these matters for the good of the game”. Zimunya alleged that Khan had been avoiding calling council meetings because he knew that according to the Zifa constitution, his term expired in February and he could lose an election.
The suspended Zifa councillors organised two meetings to oust Khan but their decisions were over- turned by the Sports and Recreation Commission.