Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) is the football governing body responsible for organizing all football competitions.


Founding and History

It was founded in 1965 and became an affiliate of FIFA in that same year. It is also an affiliate of the Confederation Of Africa Football(CAF) since 1980 and Council of Southern Africa Football Association (COSAFA) since 1997.[1] In 2016 ZIFA was re-branded to National Football Association of Zimbabwe in June 2016.[2]

The National Executive


ZIFA operats in the following four regions :

Asiagate Scandal

This was a match fixing scandal that came to the fore in 2010 after the national team's string of poor results. The Sports and Recreation Commission ordered an investigation to find out why the national team toured Malaysia in December 2009 without official authorization from ZIFA. The then ZIFA CEO Henrietta Rushwaya, was found guilty of sending the team to play unauthorized matches in Asia, Middle East and North Africa between August 2007 and January 2009. Rushwaya,and the then programs officer Jonathan Musavengana and FIFA-registered match agent Kudzi Shaba allegedly received US $10,000 for each of the matches.[3] The players were each paid between US $2000-US $5000 by the Asian gaming syndicates. The Warriors played more than eight games in Asia loosing all the matches against small teams like Yemen, Thailand,Bulgaria and China. It was also revealed that Monomotapa Football Club had twice impersonated the country's national team. National team coach Norman Mapeza and his assistant Joey Antipas were suspended. Thirteen players and officials were issued with life bans, seven were banned for ten years, thirty seven for five years, a further twenty five for two years and six for one year.[4]

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  1. Football Association
  2. , Godknows Matarutse, Life ban for Rushwaya as Zifa rebrands, published: 5 June 2016, retrieved: 6 June 2016
  3. Zimbabwe's match-fixing scandal
  4. 13 banned for life