The Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) has raised concerns about the presence of French soccer scout, Yanick Salomon in the country. Zifa claims that Salomon is in the country without its approval and has raised concerns about the potential for trafficking. Salomon, a director of FootBreizh Academie wants to export local talent to France.
In a statement, Zifa said:
The Zimbabwe Football Association has noted with displeasure, the unsanctioned presence in the country of Yanick Salomon, from France. We understand that Salomon is scouting for talent in the country at the invitation of Friendly Academy. Zifa would like to categorically state that Salomon has no authority to conduct any football business without the approval of Zifa. We would like to reiterate that Zifa as the mother body is in charge of all organised football and will not hesitate to invoke football statutes on anyone who transgresses against our statutes.
In a bid to maintain our standards, no one is allowed to conduct any scouting or football related activities in the country without approval from Zifa. The association’s major concern in this case is safeguarding minors from potential exploitation and abuse. It is Zifa’s mandate to ensure that minors are not trafficked to foreign clubs.