COSAFA Bans Zimbabwe And Slaps ZIFA With US$200 000 Fine
By Thubelihle Siwela
The Confederation of Southern African Football Associations (COSAFA) has banned Zimbabwe from participating in the 2020 senior men’s tournament.
ZIFA will not be allowed to participate in the COSAFA Senior Cup until the association can pay a US$200 000 penalty fee for failure to host this year’s tournament as initially agreed upon.
ZIFA association pulled out at the last minute after the government refused to offer guarantees also citing inadequate preparations.
COSAFA then ordered ZIFA to commit to hosting the 2020 competition by June 30 this year and slapped the association with the ban, ordering it to pay a total of US$200 000 fine when the deadline elapsed without response.
However, ZIFA failed to pay the fee prompting COSAFA to impose the sanction.
“You are hereby notified that due to the fact that the terms of the Suspensive Verdict have not been fulfilled, the terms of the Original Verdict dated 25th April 2019 are now applied these being as follows:
1. Zimbabwe Football Association is suspended from participating with its Senior Men’s National Team in the 2020 edition of the COSAFA Cup;
2. Payment in the amount of USD200 000 (Two hundred thousand United States Dollars) must be paid to COSAFA by deadline 15th August 2019;
3. Failure to effect payment in terms of 2. above shall result in the suspension of Zimbabwe Football Association from participating in any and all COSAFA competitions until such time as payment of the fine has been met in full,” COSAFA further stated.