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Zimbabwe Facing Afcon Ban

Zimbabwe are at risk of missing out on the CAF Africa Cup of Nations finals in Cameroon next month, following a warning from FIFA about government interference.

This follows the suspension of the Zimbabwe FA (ZIFA) by the Sports and Recreation Commission, who were mandated by Zimbabwe’s government to develop sport.

FIFA has now warned that unless the elected members of the FA are put back in charge, by January 3, Zimbabwe face a global football.

Last month in full knowledge of what FIFA may decide, the SRC’s Chairman Gerald Mlotshwa had said they are prepared of whatever action FIFA takes.

”We are prepared for whatever might happen,” Mlotshwa was quoted as saying by soccer24.co.zw.

”If Fifa decides to ban Zimbabwean football, we are prepared. 

”We have planned for that. If that happens, we look at it as being a short-term measure. I think Zimbabwean football needs this space and this opportunity to fix itself.”

“A FIFA ban has been on the cards since the day we opened our mouths to say we are suspending the Zifa board,” he was quoted as saying this week.

“FIFA statutes oblige them to sanction a board that has been interfered with. The position is that FIFA is FIFA, let them do whatever they consider is proper.

“FIFA know what we are doing and nothing will come as a surprise to them.”

It is unclear whether if Zimbabwe are banned they would be replaced, or whether Group B would have three teams, made up of Senegal, Guinea and Malawi.

There have been reports suggesting Bafana Bafana, who were the best finishing third-placed side across the qualifiers, could be their replacement, however this is purely speculative and iDiski Times understands that no decision has been made of yet by the powers that be.

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