Zifa faction faces chop

Itai Dzamara

MEMBERS of the Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) council opposed to chairman, Rafiq Khan, could face the chop, a move likely to worsen the power struggles at the association.


The faction of councillors that passed a vote-of-no-confidence in Khan last weekend remained defiant yesterday, insisting that his term as Zifa board chairman expired in March. The councillors allege Khan has been avoiding Zifa council meetings because he is afraid of being booted out through an election.


IndependentSport gathered yesterday that after getting the backing of the international football body, Fifa, as well as the Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC), the embattled Khan is going to deal with his opponents once and for all, including booting them out.


Led by veteran soccer administrator, Francis Zimunya, the Zifa councillors have described Fifa’s vote of confidence in Khan as a non-event. Zimunya yesterday said Fifa’s position was based on misinformation and that they still didn’t recognise Khan as Zifa boss.


Fifa deputy secretary Jerome Champagne on Wednesday wrote a letter copied to the SRC as well as regional bodies such as Cosafa and Caf backing Khan.


In an interview soon after receiving the letter on Wednesday, Khan said he was going to liaise with Zifa council chairman, Joseph Rusike, to agree on measures to take.


“Something has to be done about the chaos that is going on at Zifa House. We can’t allow that to happen,” Khan said, in apparent reference to the bouncing back of veteran administrators Ndumiso Gumede and Lazarus Mhurushomana, dismissed by the Khan leadership earlier this year.


Although Khan was reluctant to further discuss the measures he would adopt against his detractors, a source within his faction yesterday said it was likely the dissident councillors could be expelled from Zifa.


Zimunya scoffed at the prospects of being expelled.


“Saying that we are expelled would be inconsequential. In fact, we even don’t recognise this so-called suspension. Who suspends who? The board cannot suspend people that acted under the auspices of the council but only those who act in their individual capacities.”

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