ZIFA TARGET DEDA
6 February 2018
ZIFA’s selective application of the law has come under spotlight after they raised the flag on agent George Deda yesterday saying he must regularise his operations.
Their call come at a time when there are several known unregistered agents in the country involved in players’ deals in violation of FIFA and Zifa statutes.
Only three are registered with Zifa in a free-for-all environment that only is threatened when Zifa targets an outstanding individual or agent in the ‘wrong basket’.
“I think the statutes are very clear on that,” Zifa spokesperson Xolisani Gwesela said, when quizzed about the situation.
“They must register with the mother body and be licensed rather than to operate without licenses.”
Gibson Mahachi, Cousin Zilala and Gerald Maguranyanga are the three registered with Zifa.
The registration has however, worked very little for them as it remains a free for all.
Deda will be forced to regularise his situation to avoid any further clashes with an association that has shown a huge appetite to ban important stakeholders from football.
He has been involved in a number of regional player transfers, including a number outside Zimbabwe.
He is also the man behind the tour by Clube Ferroviário de Maputo, Zanaco and Nkana, clubs that played Zimbabwe champions FC Platinum over the weekend.
“Deda and other individuals or companies are free to approach ZIFA and get their activities regularised,” Zifa said in a press release.
“The Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) would like warn all football stakeholders against engaging the services of unregistered football intermediaries and match agents.
“This comes after we learnt that George Deda is misrepresenting himself to clubs and masquerading as a match agent responsible for organising matches between local and foreign clubs.
“Organising such matches is the prerogative of registered match agents only and anyone doing so will attract sanctions from ZIFA.”
Zifa added: “In the same vein, ZIFA would like to also warn clubs against engaging these unregistered match agents and organisations as this undermines professional football administration.
“Going forward, ZIFA will impose sanctions on all parties found to be on the wrong side of its rules and regulations.
“We welcome the issue of our teams playing against clubs from other countries, but there is an organised system of approaching this.”