The Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) has condemned what it calls destabilising external negative influences.
The association has been accused of corruption, mismanagement and all sorts of misdemeanours by journalists and Members of Parliament.
In a statement, ZIFA refuted all the allegations directed towards it. It reads in part:
It has also come to ZIFA’s attention that there are wolves in sheep’s skins who appear to love our football yet they wish for the opposite.
These individuals for which sadly, Hon. Mliswa has chosen to blindly follow are yearning to use football to fight boardroom wars against the current executive.
In the fullness of time, ZIFA shall inform the nation of previous executive members who are fighting the Kamambo executive committee hoping for a come-back and second bite in the ZIFA Board.
Meanwhile, ZIFA is advising both CAF and FIFA on the role of these individuals in destabilising our football.
At the right time, a full dossier shall be released by ZIFA with detailed information on resources received and used, destabilizing efforts prior and during the tournament, what really happened in camp among other finer details so the nation can freely judge from an informed point of view.
… The diversionary tactics by some well-known but now expert extortionists who hide behind the fingers of being outspoken should be condemned.
Time has come for us to tell the devil that this is not their place and that they are liars. We urge the nation to ignore these prophets of doom and rally behind their team both emotionally and materially.
The Team is for the nation, it needs us all for support so they can deliver without being diverted by match-fixers who come in different forms, size and positions in society.