FIFA has delivered its judgement on ZIFA after the Mighty Warriors failed to fulfil their second leg of the 2020 Olympic qualifier against Zambia early this month.
The national women’s team, which represented Africa at the last edition of the competition, boycotted the encounter after the association failed to pay them their outstanding dues from the Cosafa tournament which had happened over a month before.
According to a FIFA statement on Goal.com, ZIFA has been hit with a CHF 10 000 fine (approx. US$ 10 100) while the match has been given to Zambia on a 3-0 scoreline.
This means Shepolopolo advance to the next round of the qualifiers on an 8-0 aggregate result after winning 5-0 in the first leg played in Zambia at the end of August.
Here is the statement by FIFA:
“The FIFA Disciplinary Committee found the Zimbabwe Football Association responsible for the infringement of the relevant provisions of the Regulations for the Olympic Football Tournaments Games of the XXXII Olympiad Tokyo 2020 related to withdrawal (art. 7 par. 1) and of the FIFA Disciplinary Code related to unplayed matches and abandonment (art. 14).
“The FIFA Disciplinary Committee declares the match of the Women’s Olympic Qualifiers that was scheduled to be played between Zimbabwe and Zambia on 1 September 2019 to be lost by forfeit by Zimbabwe (0-3).
“The FIFA Disciplinary Committee orders the Zimbabwe Football Association to pay a fine to the amount of CHF 10,000.
“In application of art. 6 par. 1 a) of the FIFA Disciplinary Code, the Zimbabwe Football Association is warned on its future conduct.
“The above fine is to be paid within thirty (30) days of notification of the present decision.”