ZIfa ha has been slapped with a US$10,000 fine by Fifa after failing to send their women’s national team to Ivory Coast for an Olympics qualifier two weeks ago.
The Ivorians have been handed the qualifiers third round, first leg result on a 3-0 scoreline after Zimbabwe failed to fulfill the fixture citing financial challenges.
It is however not yet clear if Ivory Coast will travel to Zimbabwe for the second leg.
“The qualifying match for the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament Rio 2016 that was scheduled for 19 July between Côte d’Ivoire and Zimbabwe has been declared a 3-0 forfeit victory for Côte d’Ivoire. Fifa opened disciplinary proceedings after Zimbabwe failed to travel to Côte d’Ivoire for the match, which was the first leg of the third round of Olympic qualifiers for the Africa Zone,” a statement on the Fifa website read.
“The Fifa Disciplinary Committee decided that the match should be forfeited, in accordance with art. 31 of the Fifa Disciplinary Code, and ordered the Zimbabwe Football Association to pay a fine of CHF 10 000 (US$10 835) after being found to be liable for the violation of art. 6 par. 1, art. 6 par. 3 e), 7 par 10 of the Regulations for the Olympic Football Tournaments. The relevant parties were notified of the decision on Wednesday 29 July.”
This is one of the myriad of problems that has rocked Zimbabwean football after the seniors men’s team was excluded for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.