Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) disbands entire national team

Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) disbands entire national team
Lawrence Mhlanga of Zimbabwe is challenged by Britt Assombalonga of DR Congo during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Finals

by Nick Said

Thursday Aug 15, 2019. 15:30

The Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) have disbanded the national team, from the technical team right through to the playing squad, it has been announced.

This was revealed in the resolutions of the ZIFA executive meeting this week, who have reacted to the team’s first round exit at the Africa Cup of Nations finals in Egypt.

“The entire national men’s team was with immediate effect disbanded following wide consultations with stakeholders,” ZIFA said in a statement.

“The decision to disband the entire national team from the technical team to the players was arrived at after going through the technical reports which the association received and the recommendations from the ZIFA Technical and Development Committee.

“The establishment of the new national team set up was to be informed by the association’s national teams policy, code of conduct and philosophy with all future call ups based on commitment, technical and tactical aptitude, patriotism and above all discipline.”

ZIFA added that they only wanted players committed to the national cause, a dig at the bonus row that erupted in Egypt where it was reported that players had threatened to strike over their pay.

“Players and technical personnel with a questionable commitment to national duty shall not be considered for any selection in the future. However, the new technical set up based on their own discretion have a right to select players who were in the previous team.”

ZIFA say they are currently shortlisting coaches to lead the side.

“The names of the technical personnel for the national team which the ZIFA technical and development committee came up with and presented, were discussed with amendments and ZIFA will in due course make official pronouncement.

“The individuals who have been shortlisted and their handlers are being contacted so that contractual issues are finalised. The association believe that all its national teams shall be manned by competent, highly technical, qualified and patriotic personnel.”

Zimbabwe are next in action in the World Cup preliminary round qualifier against Somalia at the start of September.

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