Cuthbert Dube threatens to quit

HARARE - Stung by the constant criticism directed at him for the decaying state of local football, Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) president Cuthbert Dube has threatened to step down from his post.

Addressing councillors at the association's Extra-Ordinary General Meeting at the Zifa Village yesterday, Dube attacked his board members for failing to come up with strategies to move the game forward but rather take turns to dig at each other.

And while giving a strong hint that he would crack the whip on the deeply-divided board members, Dube also revealed his intentions to quit.  

"I have worked for football for years as endorsed by my personal sacrifices and contributions and it hurts me when I realise that amongst us are a lot bent on frustrating our efforts to make football touch the lives of Zimbabweans," Dube said.

"Sponsorship will be difficult to come our way as long as selfish interests overshadow football's future. I am prepared to call it a day as long as the family of football is disjointed and at war with each other."

Dube continued: "Meetings in the dead of the night are being held by some board members during which plots to unseat the current administration are discussed.

"Deliberations of the Zifa board meetings and assembly are leaked to the media. Petitions addressed to the so-called Zifa presidium are circulated to the SRC, ministry of Sports, Arts and Culture and the media.

"Board members trade accusations and counter accusations. Some board members meet the SRC and ministry of Sports in the absence of the full board.

"Some board members castigate Fifa officials and honorary members in a bid to lead some standing committees. The list goes on.

"I would like to make it clear to the assembly that my mandate as the Zifa president will be difficult to service and attain under the prevailing conditions.

"It is difficult to lead a board which has no common goal. I cannot lead a board with individuals bent on power games, gossip and bringing football into disrepute."

The embattled Zifa president admitted that the association had been crippled by a ballooning $6 million debt which he however, said had been "reduced" to $4,5 million.

"It is no secret that Zifa is in serious debt crisis. The debt crisis renders the association technically insolvent.

"There has been a sustained onslaught by some creditors to attach Zifa (Pvt) Limited's assets in Harare and Bulawayo, we are seized at the moment with ensuring that these properties are not taken away from Zifa (Pvt) Limited." 

Meanwhile, there was drama when the Extra-Ordinary General Meeting kicked off in the morning.

Wellington Muchemwa the Zifa Masvingo chairman, who was suspended this year for embezzling over $13 000, was allowed into the meeting in place of the acting chairman Nabioth Magwizi. Sources, at the Zifa Village, said the Zifa Eastern Region which oversees Masvingo province fumed against the irregularity which has serious consequences.

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