Ball now in Andrew Langa's court

HARARE - Sports minister Andrew Langa assured the nation this past week that he was now taking a leading role in ensuring Zifa’s debt with former Zimbabwe national football team coach Valinhos is paid.

Zimbabwe made all the wrong headlines a fortnight ago when world football governing body Fifa suspended the Warriors from the 2018 Russia World Cup qualifiers for failing to settle the Brazilian his outstanding $67 000.

The ban attracted widespread criticism of the Cuthbert Dube-led Zifa board as Fifa clearly highlighted how, for almost three years, their warnings to Zifa were blatantly ignored.

After showing a lot of inertia on dealing with the problems at Zifa, it seems Langa has now woken up to smell the coffee.

For many years, the Zifa ship has been slowly sinking into a black hole while Dube and his secretariat led by chief executive officer Jonathan Mashingaidze appear clueless on how to stop the demise.

At the centre of the Zifa problems is a spiralling $6 million debt that has seen most of the association’s properties being attached by the High Court in order to pay off the creditors.

While all this has been happening, Langa was totally out of sync with reality as he took every opportunity that came his way to defend Dube and the entire Zifa board.

Langa’s deputy, Tabitha Kanengoni-Malinga took a more confrontational approach when dealing with the Zifa saga in Parliament.

Kanengoni-Malinga showed more courage than her boss as she openly questioned and tasked Dube and his board to correct the mess at 53 Livingstone Avenue.   

All football stakeholders, in particular the fans dotted around the country, who pay their hard-earned cash to watch national teams, had been very critical of the leadership at Zifa, which Langa is only realising now.

It is our hope that the minister keeps to his word on the Zifa saga and ensures that Valinhos dues are paid up fully.

Politicians, especially Zimbabweans politicians have a tendency of sleeping on duty and failing to deliver on their promises.

Comments (1)

the ball is in your court duh

murphy - 28 March 2015

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