Zifa meet to discuss missing $700K, Gorowa's fate

HARARE - The Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) holds an extra-ordinary board meeting tomorrow to discuss issues surrounding the missing $700 000 from the published accounts of 2011, 2012 and 2013.

At the same meeting, the association will also tackle the fate of all national team coaches including that of Warriors gaffer Ian Gorowa.

In recent weeks, Gorowa, who guided Zimbabwe to their worst African Nations Cup qualification campaign that ended in the preliminary stages, has clashed with the Gibson Homela-led Zifa High Performance Committee (HPC).

Homela’s committee has accused Gorowa of insubordination for his resistance to hand them the report for that failed qualifying campaign.

On the other hand, Gorowa has shot back at HPC, accusing the committee of conducting a witch-hunt but without having offered any input to his team before the encounter against Tanzania, which eliminated the Warriors out of the qualifiers.

Zifa spokesperson, Xolisani Gwesela, confirmed Wednesday’s meeting, which also comes a day before Zifa appears before the parliamentary portfolio committee on Sports, Arts and Culture led by Hurungwe West MP Temba Mliswa.

“Yes there is a special board meeting on Wednesday. As you are aware, Zifa will be appearing before the parliamentary portfolio committee on sport on Thursday,” said Gwesela.

“They will also discussing the appointments of technical structures for all national teams. The High Performance Committee met and made regarding all the national teams’ technical departments from the Under-13, Under-15, Under-17, Under-20, Under-23, the senior team and all women’s team.

“I can tell you that Ian Gorowa’s fate will also be decided at this meeting as the board members will be discussing the recommendations made by the HPC.”

A source within the association, however disclosed to the Daily News that although Zifa are masking the board meeting to discuss their presentation before Mliswa’s committee, the issue surrounding the missing funds will come to the foe.

During the Zifa assembly strategic retreat on July 24, the association’s books were presented by auditors from Baker Tilly Gwatidzo that painted a gloomy outlook.

“Despite the absence of some source documents for figures amounting to $700 000 from the Wellington Nyatanga led administration, the Zifa members at the  Extraordinary General Meeting eventually concurred to let bygones be bygones and charter a way forward,” Zifa said on their website surrounding the issue.

This has, however, been disputed by some Zifa board members led by Bernard Gwarada, who chairs the finance committee.

“The board members are arguing that the accounts presented at the EGM were of the period between 2011 and 2013,” said the source.

“During the period under review Nyatanga was no longer the Zifa president and he cannot be held responsible for financial discrepancies arising from this period.

“The board members want to get to the bottom of this missing $700 000 because it is a lot of money that was probably siphoned out of the Zifa accounts.

“According to the auditors’ report, they were unable to a single trace or a receipt to figure out how that money went missing.”

Comments (3)

$700000 and we just forget about it. thank you zifa

see - 5 August 2014

What is the real story here? I wish i can understand how a payable will result in misapropriation of funds. I have read the Zifa Financials and can safely state that ZIFA can sue your paper for misrepresentation of facts .Can you sit down with your accounts department and they will assist yu to analyse the Auditors opinion. If i read well ,its only supporting documents that are missing. May the Lord help you Mr Nigel Matongorere.

Sarudzai bhamala - 5 August 2014

Zimbabwe inyika yembavha nemhondi thanks to the murderous despot Matibili who has been violently &fraudulently clinging to Power since the 1990 polls.Matibili is an evil,heinous ,callous,massmurderer who is evil&corrupt to the bonemarrow,he continues to shield &protect his Cronies from Prosecution.Matibili has been presiding over the corrupt ,brutal Cabal in Zim Living history.The Cabal has been looting Zim natural resources with impunity & operating above the law.Matibili is so obsessed with the trappings of Power hence the reason he continues to fraudulently cling to Power against the will & the wishes of the majority of Zimbabweans.Matibili wants to control every facet of Zimbabwean life hence the reason he interfered with all thriving ZimSports by imposing his blue eyed boys that were thrust onto different sports bodies by his murderous CIOs.Leo Mugabe Zhuwawo was thrust onto Zifa Presidency without any experience from 1993 to 2003 ,Zimfootball from then was condemned to the abyss& since then it has never recovered.Leo Mugabe went on to steal 66 000 Swiss Francs from FIFA & was never arrested nor prosecuted thanks to his Uncle Matibili who continues to shield him.

Dr Zvichaperachete - 6 August 2014

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