Mashingaidze sleeping on duty

HARARE - So Zifa finally decided to score an own goal on themselves by having us expelled from the Fifa World Cup 2018.

Our hopes have been shattered, our dreams stolen from us and our future emasculated by a Zifa secretariat run by one Jonathan Mashingaidze.

Mashingaidze, stands accused of sleeping on the wheel and not playing the advisory role he should as CEO.

It’s his job and part of his long list of duties to interface with Fifa so that he can then advise the Zifa council of any issues that need to be attended to that promote or may hurt the image of Zimbabwean football.

What shocked me, and I am sure the whole nation, was his response to this expulsion were he did not apologise but sought to wriggle himself out of it all by trying to give the impression that Zifa had done all it could to resolve this situation.

What is of interest is that the money that Zifa owes to Valinhos is not even listed on the purported creditors list from Zifa.

It would indeed be folly of us to deal with this matter in isolation when indeed we are dealing not only with this current drama involving Valinhos but we have a litany of cases to refer to that Mashingaidze and his administration have bungled over the years.

As we speak, Zifa still owes Rahman Gumbo, Charles Mhlauri, Madinda Ndlovu, Tom Sainfiet, Norman Mapeza, Nelson Matongorere and lately Nicky Dhlamini-Moyo just to mention a few.

The above mentioned are all human resources issues that you would think a normal CEO would make a priority, Mashingaidze does not even lose sleep that Zifa would incur debts from his callous behaviour.

The above is clearly articulated in the case of Norman Mapeza vs Zifa in which Mapeza’s lawyer Caleb Mucheche ruled that Zifa’s suspension, and subsequent dismissal of Mapeza, was unfair and ordered the association to pay the coach $243 000 after the coach had filed a $40 000 suit against the football mother body.

Mucheche went on to say “if the respondent (Zifa) was fully convinced that the claimant (Mapeza) had a case to answer, it should have arraigned him before a disciplinary panel for him to answer to those charges rather than leaving everything to its own whim and caprice,” ruled the arbitrator.

“The treatment of the claimant at the hands of the respondent Zifa from February 8, 2012 up to the date he resorted to legal recourse resembles deep agony of a victim of naked injustice at the hands of spineless and cruel taskmaster.”

The same disregard for anyone but himself seem to be seen in the statement issued by Fifa in which in which they said and I quote: “The Fifa Disciplinary Committee passed a first decision in April 2013, by means of which in particular, and in addition to receiving a fine, Zifa was granted a 60-day period to settle half of its debt to the coach and a 120-day period to settle the remainder of the debt.

“Zifa was warned that, if they did not pay within the granted periods, the case would, upon the express written request of the creditor, be resubmitted to the Fifa Disciplinary Committee for the possible imposition of harsher sanctions, which could lead to expulsion from a Fifa competition. Zifa did not appeal the decision.

“In view of the fact that Zifa did not settle its debt to the coach, and following the request of the coach, the case was presented again before the Fifa Disciplinary Committee, which rendered a second decision.

“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.

“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.

“Given Zifa’s failure to make any payment within the granted periods and the request presented by the creditor, the Fifa Disciplinary Committee, in line with its second decision, ordered the expulsion of Zifa from the preliminary competition of the 2018 Fifa World Cup Russia.”

A sober read of this statement clearly shows that Mashingaidze thinks that everyone operates at his pace and is as incompetent as he is.

Mashingaidze even has temerity to accuse Fifa of being economical with the truth when he alludes to the fact that Zifa has actually been in touch with Fifa regards the Valinhos issue, something that surely Fifa itself could have highlighted in their statement or judgment had it been true, but then again, Mashingaidze does not have a bone of truth in him as several people have called him a pathological liar in the past.

I leave our football loving nation to decide for themselves, even those who do not have a personal relationship and know this man like some of us do, can surely make some sort of decision.

Mashingaidze has to go, and he needs to leave like yesterday because he has become a liability to our progress.

Imagine Knowledge Musona, Khama Billiat, Kudakwashe Mahachi, Willard Katsande, Wisdom Mutasa, to mention but a few of our finest players waiting to have a dance at the world’s biggest stage in 2022? How old will they be?

Surely Mashingaidze needs to wake up from his deep slumber.

* Mapuranga is the Managing Consultant for Kutting Edge Sports and he writes in his personal capacity.

Comments (1)

mashingaidze seem to be clinching to his dear job as he has nothing else to do. reputation is not an issue for him. As for dube, of pmas salarygate, he is a man of dubious legacy. he seems to be still muchc insterested to live up to this dubious legacy

cytron - 17 March 2015

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