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Zimbabwe Football Association Board Considers Options as Warriors Coach Banished

The Zimbabwe Football Association Board was to meet Thursday evening in extraordinary session after the refusal by national immigration authorities to grant a work permit to deported Warriors coach Belgian Tom Saintfiet.

Since his detention in the midst of a practice and deportation last month, Saintfiet had been waiting in a neighboring country hoping to resume work. But this week he was denied a visa under the 1998 Immigration Act.

The precise grounds on which he was denied a visa remained unclear.

Observers saw the refusal to grant a work permit as a slap in the face for ZIFA, already under pressure for the so-called Asiagate match-fixing scandal that has dogged the national team since 2009.

ZIFA Board Member Benedict Moyo told VOA Studio 7 Marvellous Mhlanga-Nyahuye that the organization will decide at the Thursday evening meeting how to proceed following Saintfiet's unsuccessful visa application.

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