Rest Mutore, Sports Reporter
COSAFA yesterday handed Zifa a conditional suspension and fine for failing to host the 2019 Cosafa Cup.
The regional tournament will now he held in Durban, South Africa from May 25 to June 8.
The Cosafa website yesterday announced that its disciplinary body handed Zifa a conditional suspension which can be reversed should the Zimbabwe football governing body commits to hosting the 2020 Cosafa Cup accompanied by signed guarantees from the Zimbabwe government.
“ZIFA have received a conditional suspension from COSAFA, but can remedy the situation within two months if they confirm the country as hosts of the 2020 COSAFA Cup, and provide the already signed guarantees from the Zimbabwe government to this effect.
“Failure to do so will see the association suspended, though the two-month grace period will allow the national team to compete in the 2019 COSAFA Cup in Durban, South Africa from May 25-June 8,” reported Cosafa.
The disciplinary body has, however, slapped Zifa with a US$50 000 which is subject to be topped another US$150 000 should Felton Kamambo fails to commit hosting the 2020 edition.
“ZIFA have also been fined US$50,000, with a further amount of US$150,000 suspended until the above condition over 2020 hosting has been met.
“The COSAFA Disciplinary Body was chaired by Antonio Caetano de Sousa, accompanied by Adrian Kashala and Daud Suleman.”
Meanwhile, the draw for this year’s edition will held tonight at 2130hrs.
Warriors coach Sunday Chidzambwa is expected to name his squad this week.
This year’s tournament will provide a platform for preparations to teams participating at this year’s Afcon finals in Egypt from June 21 to July 19.