COSAFA has summoned Zifa to attend a disciplinary hearing on 4th of April after the latter breached a hosting agreement for 2019 edition of the COSAFA Senior Tournament.
The country pulled out of hosting the event in February after the regional body had granted them the rights which the government refused to approve.
In a statement on Sunday, COSAFA said: “The Zimbabwe Football Association is now in breach of their Hosting Agreement, signed by ZIFA late in January 2019, and returned to COSAFA.
“Following a Board meeting convened on March 9 in Zimbabwe, ZIFA reconfirmed their commitment to host the tournament in Zimbabwe, irrespective of whether they received Government funding and guarantees.
“ZIFA management committed to presenting to COSAFA written confirmation of this decision no later than March 25.
“Unfortunately they failed to deliver on the nominated deadline which has left COSAFA with no recourse other than to enforce their Disciplinary procedures, which calls for ZIFA to attend a Disciplinary Hearing scheduled for April 4 in Johannesburg.
“The hearing will be handled by COSAFA’s independent judicial body, and the outcome and punitive action will be handed down within 48 hours of the hearing.”
Zimbabwe might face a serious punishment as COSAFA had seen 2019 as a critically pivotal year for football in the Sub-Saharan region. For the first time in 21 years, five COSAFA member countries have qualified to participate in the continental showpiece, including Zimbabwe’s Warriors.
Meanwhile, the venue for the 2019 edition of the COSAFA Senior Tournament, scheduled from May 25 to June 8, 2019, remains undecided.