Chiyangwa Appeals To FIFA Over Life Ban

Former Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) president, Philip Chiyangwa has written to the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA), appealing against the life ban imposed on him by ZIFA.

The Felton Kamambo-led ZIFA administration last week imposed life-bans on the COSAFA president (Chiyangwa), Omega Sibanda and Chamu Chiwanza.

Chiyangwa fell out with the current ZIFA administration following allegations that he was actively involved in destabilising the Warriors camp at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

In his 15-page letter to FIFA, Chiyangwa argued that the ban was illegal as it had procedural flaws. Part of the letter reads:

I write to draw the attention of your esteemed office to extremely disturbing developments emanating from the Zimbabwe Football Association, which is a duly admitted member of Fifa.

I have found it compelling to directly address your esteemed office in light of the gross violations of both Fifa statutes and Zifa constitution being willfully perpetrated by the current Zifa officials who have unconstitutionally constituted themselves as a management committee.

While on the surface the malicious actions of this illegal committee may appear as personal attacks on me, it is clear that the totality of the actions emanating from them are fast-tracking Zimbabwean football into the dark days of maladministration, financial embezzlements, constitutional violations and other undesirable elements.

You will note that the letter (on the life ban) does not at all mention the specific body of Zifa that is alleged to have arrived at such a decision.

The bodies of Zifa are outlined in Article 19 of the Zifa constitution. You will note that the letter does not at all state that the purported decision to ban me was arrived at in accordance with due process.

There is no mention at all of the involvement of any judicial body in the alleged ban. At law, the letter is null and void as it communicates a nullity.

More: The Sunday Mail


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