Football fans call for Dube's blood

HARARE - A prominent local football supporters association has called on Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) president Cuthbert Dube to resign from his post and “save what is left of his dignity”, the body’s leadership said yesterday.

The Zimbabwe National Soccer Supporters Association (ZNSSA) says it has positioned the country’s supreme sports regulatory body, the Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC), to nullify the on-going Zifa countrywide elections citing several irregularities.

Dube has been at the centre of corporate storm following revelations of his staggering $230 000 monthly salary earned as Premier Services Medical Aid Society (PSMAS) chief executive officer.

The Zifa president was subsequently shown the exit door after a public outcry over his hefty package which came against the background of a $38 million PSMAS debt owed to various service providers.

Dube was also last month axed as board chairman of the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) following stunning revelations of salary anomalies in which top executives were paid handsomely at the expense of lower level staff, who had gone for five months without pay.

Other forms of malpractice which have implicated Dube have also emerged at the state-run broadcaster. 

Against this background, Dube, who has been at the helm of Zifa since March 2010 and is expected to seek a fesh mandate on in two months’ time, is now in the line of fire on the football front.

“We as the supporters’ body have noted with utmost disgust the way public funds have been looted by our so called leaders, people who are supposed protect our funds,” said ZNSSA president Eddie Chivero told reporters at a press briefing yesterday.

“We are asking the Zifa president to step down following concerns raised in the organisations he is leading, ZBC being one of them and PSMAS being another.

“We are calling on the SRC to nullify the election process within the next 48 hours. We are also going to appear before parliamentarians next week where we will be voicing the same concerns.

“We are also going to petition the Minister of Sport. We are going to use all means necessary. Failure of which we will approach the courts.

“If this man has been given a vote of no confidence in the various boards he leads then why should we keep him in football.”

The ZNSSA officials also demanded that Zifa produce audited accounts for their term in office.

“We want to know what Zifa officials are earning,” said Chivero.

“It’s a public office, we should know. If he could award ZBC officials big salaries, what is stopping him from doing the same at Zifa?”

“We want a probe,” interjected the association’s founding president, Eddie Nyatanga.

“Where was the money coming from that was said to be donated to the national teams? If it was poor people’s money then we want to know. It’s not fair. We don’t want dirty money in football,” added Nyatanga.

Comments (9)

On behalf of the Football and Sporting Zone Group and many coaches in Zimbabwe i totally support the stance taken by ZNSSA as our football can not continue to be led by someone who has lost public confidence. Its time to leave Mr Dube and pass on the button to a younger generation of administrators who can identify wth the pple and take us to higher levels.

Phil Mbofana - 31 January 2014

THIEVES DON'T HAVE ANY DIGNITY!!!!!!

saundy - 31 January 2014

Varidzirei pfuti Dem popopopopopopopopopopopopopopopoppoooooooo. Vanhu ava mamero

Pondaihenyumwanawevhu - 31 January 2014

people enjoy kutsokodzera when a man is down. Munhu kutsamwisisa. Kwaa kutora zvenyika kuita zvako. Even kugumbuka on behalf of contributors kuPSMAS iwe uru ku CIMAS.

Esau Mangoya - 31 January 2014

Can someone please post a full-size photo (face front ) of this Cashbert Dube.I'm just dying to see what a real-life monster looks like!

Johno - 31 January 2014

Pliz we donot want chancers, who want to loot ZIFA monies. Cuthbert helped the Worriors on several occasions, now you are mixing issues.Leave him alone, he has done a lot for the country. I wish him to be the president again. You can substitute Gumeddee because he is a tribalist not Dube. All the people who call themselves supporters of the football are not genuine, they want to come and loot. PSMAS and ZIFA they are too different institutes. Some of these people who call themselves supporters executive are known failures. They want to come and steal. Some they were even implicated on the Asiagate and they are the ones who are too vocal. So pliz all genuiene supporters of Zimbabwe do not take those people serious. Trace their background you would find out that they were looting the campaign monies for the party(ZANU). We do not want politicians in football. Lets leave football in the hands of footballers.

basviri - 31 January 2014

You call him mbavha out of how much? people are looting diamond for their benefits, he is better some people are benefitng. He is giving for development, some have looted and they are still ministers. Today you own a company with all that money, workers are not being payed even $50 for the past 6 month. You want today to blind the nation that you can lead ZIFA. Make an effort to arrest thieves first, then we can take you serious.

basviri - 31 January 2014

Iwe Chivero naNyatanga hamuna kusiyana naDube nekuti mese muri mbava.Chii ckakamboitwa neZNSSA kunze kwekudya mari dzinenge dzabviswa nemasponsors for the benefit of supporters,sewe Nyatanga dai wanyarara zvako taneta newewe asi hauna mukadzi anokutsiura kuti baba mavakutinyadzisa here

GLAMOURBOY - 1 February 2014

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