2026 World Cup: FIFA lifts Zimbabwe's suspension

2026 World Cup: FIFA lifts Zimbabwe’s suspension

FIFA announced this Tuesday that it has lifted the suspension of the Zimbabwean selection which will therefore be able to participate in the qualifiers for the 2026 World Cup, the draw for which in the Africa zone is scheduled for July 13 in Abidjan in Côte d’Ivoire. ‘Ivory.

Good news for the Zimbabwe Football Federation (ZIFA). The Warriors will be able to participate in the 2026 World Cup qualifiers. FIFA has just lifted the suspension hanging over the head of the national team. It was through a note addressed to ZIFA that the governing body of world football communicated its decision. Gianni Infantino’s administration has also established a standardization committee to ensure that FIFA statutes are respected there.

FIFA suspended ZIFA in 2021 for interference by local authorities in the internal affairs of the Federation. Indeed, on November 16, 2021, the Zimbabwean Ministry of Sports announced the suspension of the Football Federation for “fraud” and “sexual harassment of female referees” of the technical staff of the national body. A decision fully accepted by the supervisory authority which, in front of stunned journalists, said it understood all the consequences that this suspension would generate.

The standardization committee is to manage the daily affairs of ZIFA and restructure its administration and review the statutes, organize elections for a new ZIFA board of directors and establish an agreement with the country’s sports ministry to define the role of each part.