The Ministry of Sport has reversed the Sport and Recreation Commission’s (SRC) ruling to bar the Young Warriors from travelling to South Africa for COSAFA U20 Men’s Championships.
The SRC had called off the trip, citing failure by ZIFA to inform them 30 days before departure, as per Covid-19 guidelines. The commission also suspended the FA’s Chief Executive Joseph Mamutse from any activity related to the game.
But ZIFA, who was now facing a US$150,000 fine from COSAFA, launched a successful appeal at the ministry and the team will now travel to South Africa.
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Here is a statement by SRC:
Pursuant to the appeal by ZIFA for the Zimbabwe Football National under 20 (Men) participation in the COSAFA Tournament from 3-13 December 2020 in South Africa, the Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) is happy to announce that the approval for the Under 20’s to participate in the COSAFA Tournament has been granted.
The approval was granted by the Ministries of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation in conjunction with that of Health and Childcare.
ZIFA re-submitted their request for approval following the guidance by the Minister of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation regarding their ‘appeal’ wherein they were advised to seek exemption for noncompliance from SRC.
ZIFA will be required to strictly adhere to both the National and International Protocols for the prevention and containment of COVID-19 given the increase in the number of confirmed positive cases in the country and hosting province.
We wish the Under 20’s all the success as they represent the Country.