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Zifa Congress confident of Fifa backing

BY DANIEL NHAKANISO

ZIFA Congress members are confident that their scheduled emergency general meeting (EGM) set for April 23 will be endorsed by the world football governing body Fifa despite the country’s suspension from international football.

The football association’s top policy decision making body, the Congress, made the resolution to go ahead with next month’s EGM after a consultative meeting in the capital yesterday.

The meeting is expected to culminate in the dismissal of executive committee president Felton Kamambo and his board member finance Philemon Machana. They have been accused of, among other things misusing Covid-19 relief funds, sweeping sexual abuse allegations under the carpet and turning a blind eye to match-fixing accusations.

This is a second attempt by the Zifa congress delegates to hold the meeting after initially attempts were blocked by Fifa over a technicality.

Despite the initial setback and fears that the world football governing body could be blocked again by Fifa, they are confident that it will be in line with the football association’s constitution.

“The members overwhelmingly agreed that the extraordinary meeting that we called for will go ahead, we are just waiting for the 90 days to lapse and they are lapsing on the third of April,” Zifa Northern Region chairman, Martin Kweza, who has been mandated to speak on behalf of the councillors, said during a Press conference yesterday.

“On the 4th of April we are calling for our EGM in terms of section 28.2 of the Zifa constitution and this will lead us to have our EGM on the 23rd of April.”

Kweza said the scheduled EGM is compliant with the association’s constitution and they are confident that the resolutions would be backed by Fifa.

“We also looked at the impacts, effects or meaning of the Fifa suspension on our football and we are in agreement that the suspension did not suspend the Zifa constitution. The constitution is still operational and also the local competitions are still played. This is what gives us the drive to go ahead with our EGM and come up with resolutions that will be accepted by Fifa,” he said.

Fifa recently suspended the country’s membership over government interference in local football following the suspension of the Zifa board by the Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC).

The Zurich-based body maintains that the SRC must lift the suspensions of the Zifa board members in order for the country to be readmitted to the football family, a condition which has been rejected by the local sports regulator.

However, the Zifa Congress members affirmed their commitment to come up with measures to ensure the Fifa ban is lifted.

“If you look at the Fifa suspension letter, there was a clause that left the door open for engagements. They did not close the door completely for us and they will listen to football people and we are saying the Congress is the football people. We are going to continue our processes, which they are aware of and  when we are done with the EGM we are going to come up with resolutions, which we will communicate both to SRC and Fifa. They cannot afford to ignore those resolutions. They will have to review, consider and come up with a position,” said Kweza.

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