Zimbabwe Football Association

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Zimbabwe Football Association
Zimbabwe Football Association.png
FIFA affiliation1965
CAF affiliation1980
COSAFA affiliation1997
PresidentFelton Kamambo

The Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) is the governing body of football in Zimbabwe. It is responsible for organising the national football competitions in Zimbabwe and the Zimbabwe national football teams.

The current ZIFA was founded in 1979. It has been affiliated with FIFA since 1965 and has been a member of the CAF since 1980.

In October 2015, Zimbabwe Football Association president Cuthbert Dube stepped down after five years in charge during which the organisation's debt rose to $6 million and national teams repeatedly struggled to fulfil away assignments due to a lack of funds. Dube imminently faced a vote of no confidence at a meeting prior to his resignation.[2]

National executive Pre 2018 election[edit]

  • President: Felton Kamambo
  • Vice-President: Omega Sibanda
  • Board Member Competitions: Fungai Chihuri
  • Board Member Development: John Phiri
  • Board Member Marketing: Tawengwa Hara
  • Board Member Finance: Bernard Gwarada
  • Chairman Premier Soccer League: Twine Phiri
  • Chairman Central Region: Patrick Hokonya
  • Chairman Eastern Region: Fungai Chihuri
  • Chairman Northern Region: Willard Manyengavana
  • Chairman Southern Region: Gift Banda
  • Chairperson Women Football: Miriam Sibanda
  • Secretary General: Joseph Mamutse

Source: FIFA.[3]

However, the Zifa election held in December 2018 saw the emergence of Felton Kamambo as the new ZIFA president, beating Phillip Chiyangwa by an eight vote margin that warranted a re-run as neither of them had attained a two thirds majority vote, the ex-ZIFA boss however conceded defeat and rendered the need for a re-run void. Chiyangwa's vice president was also defeated by Gift Banda https://www.voazimbabwe.com/amp/4702980.html

ZIFA regions[edit]

ZIFA's 4 Regions from 10 Provinces

  • ZIFA Central Region (Provinces: Matebeleland South, Midlands)
  • ZIFA Eastern Region (Provinces: Manicaland, Masvingo, Mashonaland East)
  • ZIFA Northern Region (Provinces: Harare, Mashonaland Central, Mashonaland West)
  • ZIFA Southern Region (Provinces: Bulawayo, Matebeleland North)

Unauthorised matches allegation[edit]

In October 2010 Henrietta Rushwaya, the chief executive of the ZIFA, was sacked after being found guilty by the association's disciplinary body on charges of "conduct inconsistent with her duties, mismanagement and insubordination".[4]

Rushwaya was found guilty of sending the national team to play unauthorised matches in Asia in 2009. Her sacking followed her suspension in July 2010 on suspicion of fixing matches in a Malaysian tournament.[4] She was also found guilty of requesting a loan of $103,000 from Zimbabwe's sports commission, an amount that is now unaccounted for.[4]

The national team's matches against Thailand, Syria and a Malaysian club were accepted without the permission of Zifa's board or Zimbabwe's sports commission, which must authorise foreign trips by Zimbabwe teams. Rushwaya also allowed the former Zimbabwe champions Monomotapa to go to Malaysia in 2009 masquerading as the national team of Zimbabwe.[4]

Both tours are suspected of being set up by betting syndicates, a report by the Forum for African Investigative Reporters stated in September 2010. However Rushwaya was acquitted after a fully contested trial and also due to lack of incriminating evidence. Some theorists allege that her prosecution was a conspiracy linked to ZIFA President Cuthbert Dube[4]


  1. ^ CAF and FIFA, 50 years of African football - the DVD, 2009
  2. ^ "Zimbabwe FA president Cuthbert Dube steps down". BBC. 3 October 2015.
  3. ^ "Zimbabwe - Association Information". FIFA. 10 June 2016. Archived from the original on 8 September 2015. Retrieved 10 June 2016.
  4. ^ a b c d e "Zimbabwe FA chief executive sacked over unauthorised matches". The Guardian. 26 October 2010.

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