Dube, Mashingaidze should go now

HARARE - It is high time the entire Zifa board chaired by Cuthbert Dube and the secretariat led by CEO Jonathan Mashingaidze resign from their posts.

Since last year, Dube and his board have been under pressure to step down for some time now.

The leadership vacuum at Zifa was laid bare on Thursday when world football governing body, Fifa expelled the Warriors from the qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup to be hosted by Russia.

Fifa arrived at the decision after Zifa failed to pay former Warriors coach Valinhos, whose real name is Jose Claudinei Georgini, his outstanding salary dating back to 2008.

In their incriminating judgment, Fifa literary labelled Zifa as an organisation that has no clue as to how football matters are handled.

Since 2012, Valinhos, through Fifa, has tried to get his dues but Zifa ignored all the warnings from Zurich.

“In its decision, the Fifa Disciplinary Committee granted Zifa a final period of grace of 60 days to settle the debt with Mr Georgini. Additionally, Zifa was warned that, if the debt was not settled within the granted period (and upon the presentation of a formal claim by the creditor), then, in addition to the imposition of a fine, they would be expelled from the preliminary competition of the 2018 Fifa World Cup Russia,” said Fifa.

“Zifa was informed that the expulsion would be ordered automatically without any further decision needed from the Fifa Disciplinary Committee and, once more, Zifa did not appeal the decision.”

Although Valinhos was appointed by the previous Zifa board led by Wellington Nyatanga, when Dube came into power in 2010, he should have ensured that this mess was sorted out.

However, Dube’s downfall has been his trust in Mashingaidze, a man who has a well-documented history of lying and untrustworthiness.

The Zifa secretariat under Mashingaidze is totally uninformed to a point that nothing positive will come out of local football as long as he is still at 53 Livingstone Avenue.

This Valinhos saga is similar to what happened to Nicky Dhlamini-Moyo, who took Zifa to the cleaners earlier this year.

Once again it was Mashingaidze, who sat on the court papers that compelled Zifa to pay Dhlamini-Moyo her outstanding $10 000.

In the end, Zifa lost property worth over $100 000, assets donated by Fifa for the development of the game, stealing the future of the country’s fledgling football stars.

For how long shall we sit and watch Mashingaidze ruin the country’s most favourite game?

This latest development should give the government the ammunition to deal with the Zifa problem, which for years has gone unattended.

Comments (2)

dube and colleague should just humbly resign.

cytron - 16 March 2015

Corruption is now everywhere in Zimbabwe. In every sector leaders are stealing and nothing is being done.

alois - 16 March 2015

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