FIFA has reportedly rejected the appointment of Nyasha Kadenge as Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) chief executive officer (CEO), reported The Sunday Mail.
Kadenge’s appointment was due to be confirmed on Monday, 09 October, after she emerged as a surprise choice for the vacant post by the ZIFA Normalisation Committee.
The Sunday Mail reported sources as saying that FIFA directed ZIFA to conduct thorough background checks for all prospective candidates and Kadenge was deemed not suitable to be appointed as ZIFA CEO. Said the sources:
"FIFA insisted on a thorough background check being made on all prospective candidates for the CEO and other posts which ZIFA intends to fill.
From those background checks, it was noted that in terms of FIFA ethics, Kadenge did not fit the bill.
Normalisation Committee members are now having to try and come up with an alternative name for CEO."
Kadenge’s reported appointment was reversed before an official unveiling ceremony on Monday.
Kadenge was hauled before a disciplinary committee by Ngezi Platinum Stars before the club sacked her in early May 2022 after almost six years at the helm.
The club, however, did not disclose why she was relieved of her duties.
After she left Ngezi, Kadenge briefly served as an administrator at the Tanzanian outfit Singida Fountain Gate in Dodoma before returning to Zimbabwe.
ZIFA has been without a substantive CEO for nearly two years after then-general secretary Joseph Mamutse went AWOL.
Mamutse refused to continue his duties in the absence of then-president Felton Kamambo.
Chief Operations Officer Xolisani Gwesela acted as CEO until September 2023, when the Normalisation Committee dissolved his post.
Technical director Wilson Mutekede and national teams general manager Wellington Mpandare also suffered the same fate as Gwesela.