The Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) has vowed to attend the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAFA) Annual General Assembly to be held on January 25 in defiance of the latter’s decision to bar them.
COSAFA Secretary General Sue Destombes on January 20 wrote a letter advising ZIFA of its suspension from attending the regional football body’s meetings for failure to pay annual subscription fees.
In response, ZIFA chief executive John Mamutse wrote to COSAFA explaining that the Association’s failure to pay its financial dues was beyond its control. Part of the letter reads:
The non-payment of the annual subscription was due to the monetary policies of the association country.
Our local laws are clear that we cannot make any foreign currency payment outside the country without the authorisation of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe.
We applied for the authorisation to make the payment, which application was declined by the Reserve Bank. As such, the non-payment was due to the circumstances beyond our control.
Be that as it may, we have made alternative arrangements with FIFA to ensure that the payment is effected.
… We are of the firm view that the letter of 20th instant was motivated by a desire to bar us from attending the general assembly simply on the basis that we have our own issues with the incumbent president
ZIFA recently questioned the regional body’s executive to give themselves allowances amounting to R1.5 million.