Zimbabwe women’s coach charged with sexual assault

October 18 – The coach of Zimbabwe’s women’s team is due to appear in court today after being charged with sexual assault.

Shadreck Mlauzi (pictured) was accused of unwanted indecent advances towards a female assistant coach. He was reportedly arrested on Tuesday after returning from the Council of Southern Africa  Football Association (Cosafa) women’s championship in South Africa.

The temporary head of the Zimbabwe Football Association said he will wait to hear from the police before deciding on Mlauzi’s future.

“We will allow the police to do their job, without prejudice. As the national association, we will follow the police’s lead,” Lincoln Mutasa,  leader of the federation’s interim governing body, told The Associated Press

“All we can say for now is that everybody who went on that trip (to South Africa) signed a code of ethics certificate, and as an FA we are going through our own investigation. But on this one, we will be guided by the best qualified authority, who is the police in this instance.”

The tournament in South Africa was Zimbabwe’s first competitive matches since the country’s 17-month international ban for government interference was lifted by FIFA in July.

The Zimbabwe Football Association also said it had requested that its men’s World Cup qualifier against Nigeria in November be staged in Rwanda since its own stadiums have been deemed unfit by the Confederation of African Football.

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