HARARE – Zimbabwe’s suspension from international football has been lifted, over a year after it was imposed in March 2023 on charges of government interference.

Zimbabwe was expelled by world gootball governing body Fifa after the country’s sports controlling body, the Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC), removed the Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) board from office, which is outlawed by the Zurich-based organisation.

But since the term of office of the Felton Kamambo-led Zifa board has expired, and other circumstances, Fifa reached an agreement in talks with the SRC, to reinstate the Southern African country.

Kamambo’s administration will however briefly return to office, as part of the reinstatement deal, but will immediately be replaced by a normalisation committee to run the affairs of Zifa.

“Under these circumstances, the Bureau of the Council decided on 10 July 2023 to lift the suspension on ZIFA with immediate effect and to appoint immediately a normalisation committee for ZIFA, pursuant to auricle 8 paragraph 2 of the FIFA Statues,” read a Fifa statement.

“The normalisation committee will consist of a suitable number of members, who will be appointed by FIFA and CAF (Confederation of African Football). The composition of the normalisation committee will be disclosed separately. While the aforementioned persons (Kamambo & Co) will assume their duties with immediate effect, all members of the normalisation committee must pass an eligibility check.”

The latest development means Zimbabwe will be included the World Cup qualification competition draw set for next week.



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