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ZIFA Welcomes FIFA Ban On Former Referees Committee SG Obert Zhoya

The Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) Executive Committee held a meeting at the ZIFA offices in Harare this Friday and deliberated on a number of issues.

Among other things, the ZIFA Executive Committee deliberated on the state of referring in the local game and also welcomed the sanctions imposed on former referees committee Secretary General, Obert Zhoya, by FIFA for sexual harassment.

A statement issued by ZAIFA Acting Chief Executive Officer Xolisani Gwesela after the meeting reads in part:

1. The Executive Committee deliberated on problems bedevilling refereeing in Zimbabwe and resolved to come up with a code of conduct, rules and regulations, and a policy document that will assist in improving refereeing standards in the country and preserve the sacrosanct values of the beautiful game.

2. The Executive committee noted and welcomed the penalty imposed by FIFA on former referees committee Secretary General, Obert Zhoya, for sexual harassment. The Executive Committee reiterated zero tolerance for sexual harassment and all forms of malpractices in football and urged all victims of such malpractice to report such incidents.

3. The Executive Committee discussed the strategic plan and appealed to all stakeholders to fully participate in order to ensure football development and proper structures in the administration of the game

4. Dates for the Annual General Meeting to be announced after consultation with all relevant stakeholders.

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