The Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) has handed life bands to two former executives Phillip Chiyangwa, and his deputy Omega Sibanda.
In a statement released by ZIFA, the association cited bringing Zimbabwean football into disrepute following the 2019 Cosafa Cup bid saga they unilaterally issued an incomplete bid document without getting a government guarantee and Zifa board resolution. This attracted a ban on the country from Cosafa where he (Chiyangwa) is president.
“Sibanda was banned for life following his incessant interference with Zifa judicial bodies during which he sought to influence a Zifa lawyer to throw away a Zifa electoral case, in a bid to foment turmoil,” wrote Zifa chief executive officer, Joseph Mamutse.
“Zifa are, however, appealing the ban and still pursuing their case with Cosafa to have Chiyangwa revoked. Unlike some sentiments Zifa advises the nation that this case is still alive and believes Chiyangwa will have his day in Cosafa soon,” added the statement.
The association further confirmed getting rid of Warriors players and staff with a questionable commitment to the nation’s football team.
“Players and technical personnel with a questionable commitment to national duty shall not be considered for any selection in the future. However, the new technical set up based on their own discretion have a right to select players who were in the previous team,” concluded the statement.