Shadreck Mlauzi, the coach of the Zimbabwe women’s football team, has been remanded in police custody after being accused of indecent assault against a female member of staff during an international tournament. Mlauzi was arrested on Tuesday upon his return to Harare from the Council of Southern Africa Football Association (COSAFA) women’s championship in South Africa.
According to the complaint seen by the Guardian, the female staff member alleged that Mlauzi invited her to his hotel room on September 26, forcibly grabbed her shoulders, and attempted to kiss her without her consent. The complaint further states that Mlauzi demanded a body massage via a WhatsApp call and asked for sexual intimacy.
The staff member also claimed that Mlauzi asked her to come to his room for a massage on October 4 and grabbed her buttocks the next day after instructing her to visit his room. She reported the allegations to the COSAFA safeguarding officer.
Mlauzi appeared in court on Tuesday and has been charged with indecent assault. He has been remanded in custody until his bail hearing on Wednesday. The Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) confirmed that it is investigating a member of the senior women’s coaching team over allegations of sexual misconduct against a female colleague.
ZIFA has expressed its commitment to conducting independent investigations into the matter and has urged the public not to take unfounded steps that could compromise the ongoing investigations.