The Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) has suspended its vice president Gift Banda after reshuffling the national team’s technical team without the board’s consent.
With ZIFA annoucing the news on its website on Wednesday, it means Banda leaves office exactly 30 days after getting elected on 16 December 2018.
“The ZIFA Executive Committee hereby informs members of the football fraternity and the nation of the decision of the Executive Committee on the 16th of January 2019 to suspend/ ban Vice President Hon. Gift Banda from taking part in any football activities with immediate effect,” began ZIFA’s statement.
“The following constitute Honorable Banda’s alleged transgressions and misconduct:
1. Honorable Banda illegally and unilaterally without authority of the Board, unconstitutionally usurped the powers of the Executive Committee as enshrined in section 34 (k) of the ZIFA Constitution that delegate the sole responsibility of appointing National Team Coaches and other technical staff to the ZIFA Executive Committee and not individuals.
2. He illegally, unconstitutionally and against the ZIFA Rules & regulations (document 2, ‘regulations on the allocation of functions to standing committees Article 2.11”) again without authority, usurped powers of the Technical development standing committee whose role is to among other things recommend coaches, instructors and trainers to the Executive Committee thus bringing confusion, disorder and chaos to the smooth administration of our game.
3. Honorable Banda wilfully misrepresented, lied and misled the public, stakeholders and the world during his press statements that the ZIFA executive Committee made the decision to fire coaches and made new appointments fully knowing that to be untrue thus causing disaffection on the Board, its Councillors, the public, the National Team, Coaches and stakeholders. By so doing he brought our game and the Association into disrepute at a time the Association is busy cleansing itself of all ill manners and attempting to attract corporate sponsorship. His utterances were widely circulated in both mainstream and social media and attracted a backlash on the Board on a decision it never reached.
4 . Through his actions of gross misconduct, he destabilized the team, lowered the morale at a time the Team is just one game away from qualifying for the next AFCON edition and in so doing that would have negatively impacted on the preparations of the team and hence its ultimate performance.”