SAFA will not bar Zimbabwe players from playing in SA

SAFA will not bar Zimbabwe players from playing in SA
Published: 02 February 2012 (1542 Views)
JOHANNESBURG. - South African Football Association chief executive, Robin Peterson, says Zifa's decision to blacklist players from representing the national team cannot translate to a ban on those footballers from pursuing their club careers in Mzansi.

Earlier reports had suggested Zifa suspended 80 players, including 10 who play in the Absa Premiership, from playing for the Warriors until their involvement in the Asiagate scandal has been determined by an Independent Ethics Committee.

The 10 South Africa-based players affected are Method Mwanjali, Lionel Mtizwa (Mamelodi Sundowns), Thomas Sweswe, Willard Katsande, Jimmy Jambo (Kaizer Chiefs), Oscar Machapa, Gilbert Mapemba (Moroka Swallows), Khama Billiat (Ajax Cape Town), Energy Murambadoro (Bidvest Wits) and Kingston Nkatha (Black Leopards).

Zifa chief executive, Jonathan Mashingaidze, said the suspension of the players was only related to national team games although they would retain their freedom to pursue their careers with their clubs.

However, that has not stopped a media frenzy where speculation is rife that the players could also be barred from playing for their clubs until their cases had been resolved. That media frenzy is particularly high in South Africa where the majority of Zimbabwe's foreign-based footballers ply their trade.

Yesterday, Safa CEO, Peterson, said it was not possible for Zifa to bar a Zimbabwean player based in South Africa from plying his trade in that country.

Peterson said only Fifa could make such a determination.

"We have not received any written correspondence from Zifa on this issue," says Peterson. "My view is that they (Zifa) cannot bar their South African-based players from playing for the clubs here.

"I, for example, cannot ban May Mahlangu from playing in Sweden because we do not have the power to do that. We are waiting for Fifa to make a decision so we cannot say more on the issues. We will take a position in line with the Fifa decision." 

- KickOff

Tags: SAFA,
 0

You May Like These Videos

Comments

There are no comments.

Latest stories

Man loses 'Toyota Raum' to robbers

by Simbarashe Sithole | 21 September 2018 | 176 Views

International media stampede to interview Mnangagwa

by Staff Reporter | 21 September 2018 | 224 Views

Brutalising vendors must stop

by Jacob Mafume, MDC National Spokesperson | 21 September 2018 | 174 Views

I doubt if Dabengwa really endorsed Mnangagwa - Mthwakazi activist

by Stephen Jakes | 21 September 2018 | 183 Views

Marc Cayeux gives everyone hope after top ten finish in Cape Town

by Agencies | 21 September 2018 | 109 Views

President Mnangagwa debuts at UNGA

by Bevan Musoko | 21 September 2018 | 162 Views

BREAKING: Harare - Johannesburg Intercape bus in accident, 10 people dead

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 321 Views

Stop unnecessary traveling to cholera affected areas - MIHR

by Stephen Jakes | 21 September 2018 | 124 Views

We need Mthwakazi restoration soon

by Stephen Jakes | 21 September 2018 | 121 Views

Rural development agenda should be on the priority list

by Stephen Jakes | 21 September 2018 | 119 Views

IMF offers to help Zimbabwe clear arrears

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 237 Views

Mugabe's party rejoins Mnangagwa's Zanu-PF

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 239 Views

Streak seeks ZC liquidation

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 145 Views

'Chamisa must not waste time fighting Mnangagwa'

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 251 Views

Chipanga appeal thrown out

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 180 Views

New minister cracks the whip

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 184 Views

Deal decisively with Parly delinquents

by Zvamaida Murwira | 21 September 2018 | 148 Views

Mthuli Ncube faces tough choices

by Lovemore Chikova | 21 September 2018 | 172 Views

Currency reform answer to Zimbabwe's economic woes

by Bongani Ngwenya | 21 September 2018 | 154 Views

Dabengwa ditches Chamisa, endorses Mnangagwa?

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 161 Views

Sibusiso Moyo alive & well

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 144 Views

'Mugabe University not a priority'

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 136 Views

Chamisa battles open rebellion

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 164 Views

Prophet up for pregnant woman rape

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 102 Views

Bulawayo pins hopes on devolution

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 93 Views

Nust shut down

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 149 Views

Zimbabweans want US or Zim dollar only, not SA Rand

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 147 Views

Chamisa's MDC Alliance starts merging into single party

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 96 Views

Vic Falls man hangs self after bar brawl

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 84 Views

Cholera hits Beitbridge

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 82 Views

Cop up for assault

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 53 Views

Gumbura hires Madhuku to challenge delayed trial

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 67 Views

Devolution will develop provinces with natural resources

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 56 Views

Family evicted, dumped in the bush

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 50 Views

Soul Brothers coming to Bulawayo

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 108 Views

Zimbabwean scientist wins Cambridge scholarship

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 55 Views

MDC Alliance activist jailed over arson threats

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 42 Views