The International soccer governing body, FIFA, says it will no longer fund associations implicated in match-fixing scandals until they are cleared by the world entity.
The FIFA ruling was announced by the new FIFA security head Ralf Mutschke at the FIFA/COSAFA and Interpol regional training workshop for integrity in sport which ended Sunday in Johannesburg.
Mutschke took over the position from Chris Eaton, who had a cordial relationship with the Zimbabwe Football Association, and had promised them funding in May last year.
FIFA said it will only fund training programs aimed at educating footballers on the dangers of match-fixing until the match fixing scandal is cleared.
Some national team players and technical members of the squad were named in a match-fixing scandal involving an Asian betting syndicate which allegedly bribed them for throwing international games.
Mutschke said FIFA would only institute sanctions once ZIFA has has concluded its probe and prepared a report which should first be presented to the Confederation of African Football (CAF).
Sports commentator Muzi Hadebe tells Voice Of America’s Studio7 reporter Marvellous Mhlanga-Nyahuye FIFA’s ruling will negatively affect ZIFA which is already facing serious financial constraints.
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Meanwhile, Highlanders Football Club and defending league champions Dynamos ‘Dembare’ Football Club appear to have rekindled old rivarly memories as they are the currently clear favorites to clinch this year’s Castle Lager premier soccer league title.
The Bulawayo giants with 43 points have played 19 games without a loss while Dynamos have two games in hand and are trailing by six points.
Bosso drew their last game against Harare City while Dembare thrashed their neighbors Caps United 2-0.
The once well-oiled green machine has lost their glory as they are now placed 12th
on the 16-member league table anchored by new boys Quelaton of Bulawayo.
Ironically, Higlanders accumulated 43 points by the end of last season and finished 7th
on the log.
The expensively assembled FC Platinum have played 18 games and are placed 7th
on the league table with 29 points.
Caps United appear to be sinking with Gunners currently firing blanks, Midlanders side Hardboy, Blue Rangers and Quelaton.