Former Zifa Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Jonathan Mashingaidze has been given a life ban by the association. Mashingaidze is also being sued by Zifa. This comes after Mashingaidze allegedly stole US$700 000 from Zifa and created a US$7 million debt for the association.
Excerpts from the Zifa Statement on their website read:
Apart from the life ban, Mashingaidze has been summoned to answer to a charge of theft of Association funds in excess of US$ 700 000 which the plaintiff (ZIFA) is claiming, with interest.
Below are excerpts from the ban notification.
“Reference is made to the decision of the ZIFA Executive Committee on the 12th of December 2017 where it was resolved that in terms of Article 34(n) of the ZIFA constitution, you are forthwith expelled and banned for life from participation in association football in Zimbabwe in any role, position, or capacity whatsoever, subject to th confirmation of your expulsion and life ban by the ZIFA congress in terms of the ZIFA constitution.”
Reasons for Mashingaidze’s expulsion are as follows:
“Theft of Association funds in excess of US$ 700 000 as established by the Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) Committee of Inquiry Report dated September 2015.
“Fraudulently creating a US$ 7 million debt on behalf of the Association through unilaterally signing acknowledgements of debt where no services were rendered … as established by the SRC Report.
“Causing Zimbabwe to be expelled from the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying round by failing to comply with FIFA directives.
“Accordingly, you have provisionally ceased to be a member of the football community globally and therefore you must therefore forthwith cease to act, represent, and associate yourself with ZIFA or any of its members in any manner whatsoever.”