Pressure mounts on Mashingaidze

HARARE - The board of women’s football in Zimbabwe says it will petition Zifa president Cuthbert Dube on Monday to sack his chief executive Jonathan Mashingaidze as pressure mounts on the under-fire CEO.

Zimbabwe National Women Soccer League’s board accuse Mashingaidze of neglecting women’s football affairs, and setting up the leadership to fail.

ZNWL board members met in Harare yesterday before holding a press conference denouncing Mashingaidze’s conduct.

Miriam Sibanda, the ZNWL chairperson who is also a Zifa board member, yesterday said Mashingaidze was side-lining her from Zifa business as well as showing “arrogance and contempt” for her leadership. 

“We were taking stock of what we have done since we were elected,” Sibanda said.

“We have managed to revive the national league. Regions are also playing.

“Beyond that, we haven’t done everything we intended to do. We needed to map a way forward because the CEO of Zifa has been refusing to meet us. He is busy meddling behind the scenes. He wants women football to fail so that he points fingers at the incumbent executive.

‘We will be writing to the president of Zifa, stating that we are not happy with the CEO, that is he not fit to be the CEO of Zfia. We want to know if he is incompetent, or just contemptuous of women’s football.”

Sibanda also said the appointments of new national team coache a few weeks ago s by Zifa were null and void.

“The appointment of national team coaches is null and void. The board doesn’t want a repeat of the Shacky (Tauro) and Yesmore (Mutero) saga. These are girls and we can’t have coaches who are not qualified to interact with girls. We need coaches who understand them, not abuse them.”

Sibanda was referring to an incident in 2005 in which a former national team striker, Yesmore Mutero, died of an Aids-related illness at the age of 25.

Mutero's claims that she was infected with the HIV virus by national team coach Shacky Tauro led to the launch of an inquiry. A report was never produced.

Tauro is also now late.

Yesterday, Sibanda also slammed Zifa technical director Maxwell Takaendesa-Jongwe for failing to use correct channels.

“The TD has also been going behind our back, talking to coaches. We need respect as people who we were voted.”

Sibanda says she has been deliberately side-lined from Zifa board matters in a bid by Mashingaidze to frustrate her.

“Last week I was questioned by women football stakeholders why I did not meet the Fifa delegation which was here last week. I said I wasn’t aware. I have been deliberately side-lined from the Zifa board. They have even removed me from the emailing list.

“The secretariat at Zifa has also been instructed to deprive us of information. We have been deprived of information that allows us to make decisions that’s good for women’s football.”

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