Mashingaidze's conduct rapped

HARARE - Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) board members are concerned with the way Jonathan Mashingaidze, the Zifa CEO, is singlehandedly arranging national team matches.

The under-fire Mashingaidze has in recent months sanctioned the friendly matches for the national Under-23 side without the approval of the board.

Last month, the Young Warriors lest to Botswana in an international friendly in Gaborone before going to beat Swaziland in Mbabane.

The Young Warriors are scheduled to play against Morocco in Casablanca and Iran in Johannesburg later this month.

After Zifa disbanded the senior national team after the catastrophic 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaign, the Young Warriors now form the key component of the country’s strategic turnaround project.

However, the Young Warriors’ latest engagements do not have the blessing of the entire Zifa board the Daily News on Sunday has established.    

“As board members we were not consulted or made aware of these friendly matches,” a Zifa board member told the Daily News on Sunday on the condition of anonymity.

“We are only reading about it in the press that the Young Warriors will play so and so. No official communication has made about these matches.”

The board member said they now fear that the Young Warriors are being led to take part in fixed matches.

“If you remember, part of Henrietta Rushwaya’s charge sheet was that she organised friendly matches for the national team outside the country without board approval,” said the board member.

“This is exactly what Mashingaidze is doing at the moment. As a board we have never set down to discuss about the invitations we are getting from these countries and whether it is necessary for our team to engage them.

“How can the Iran national team fly all the way from their country to play us in Johannesburg when they could have come here directly?”

Rushwaya is the former Zifa CEO, who was sacked in 2010 after allegedly organising for the Warriors to lose by predetermined score lines in friendly matches in Asia between 2007 and 2009.

She was cleared by the courts but Zifa subsequently banned her together with another 14 individuals from all football related activities.

The board member added: “We last met as a full board in August and since then we have not held a single meeting. The board is the one that is supposed be dealing with such issues but at the moment we are just reading about developments in the press.”

Efforts to get a comment from Mashingaidze proved fruitless as his phone was not reachable.

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