'Time up for Zifa'

HARARE - In the wake of the Warriors’ chaos this week calls have increased for Cuthbert Dube and his Zifa board to step down.

The crisis in the Warriors camp reached alarming levels when the players refused to board Thursday’s flight to Malawi for this afternoon’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against the Flames.

The players were demanding their allowances an matches fees in advance as they have suffered enough heartache at Zifa’s hands in the past.

In the end, Walter Magaya, the leader of the Prophetic Healing and Deliverance ministries, agreed to pay the players.

Zimbabwe finally left for Malawi aboard a Munoruram coach shortly before midday yesterday and were expected to arrive in Blantyre this morning.

Sports minister Andrew Langa, who had facilitated for Thursday’s flight, said he was now fed up with Zifa’s poor planning skills and threatened to dissolve the association.

“We have tried our best as the ministry but it’s very unfortunate,” Langa said. “Look what we are now going through all because of poor planning by Zifa.

“They should have known this way back. Why wait for the last minute. We have no choice but to dissolve Zifa.

“They should not have allowed this thing to happen. We have given them time to be organised but it seems they don’t learn. We have given them enough time to bring back sanity but they have failed. I am not happy with happened. Zifa is betraying the nation.”

Langa added: “The boys have also disappointed. What they are demanding is not realistic. It means the money we have paid for airfares is gone under the drainage.

“It was unfortunate. We even tried to accommodate them at the Rainbow Towers as a way to motivate them and I felt they should have travelled to Malawi on Thursday.”

Paul Gundani, the secretary general of the Footballers Union of Zimbabwe, said Dube had failed and must step down.

“The association is responsible for things like preparations and ensure everything is available for the national team but for some time now Zifa has been found wanting,” Gundani said.

“You can’t blame players for demanding their dues. This thing of exploiting players has been going on for some time. Players want money, how do you expect them to perform when they are not motivated.

“What are these guys doing at Zifa you wonder? This is not acceptable at all. We have been saying it for some time people at Zifa should go and allow new hands to run the association.

“Even the arrangement of players travelling by road is not acceptable. They could have arranged that they travel early to afford players enough resting time. Seriously, how do we expect a result under such circumstances?

“This is a cocktail for disaster. We leave it to God now because it’s now beyond our control.

"If there is any suitable time to clean up all the mess in Zimbabwean football this is the time. We are challenging the honourable Minister to take decisive action.

Life Long Footballers Trust issued a statement following a demonstration at Dube’s residence yesterday.

“We as major stakeholders in Zimbabwean football as former players and administrators, we note with serious concern that you have failed to fulfil fundamental constitution obligation of having had an annual general meeting in March 2015,” said the organisation.

“In the absence of this annual general meeting which would have granted you the mandate and powers of attorney to run football in Zimbabwe. We thereby question your continued stay in the office.

“Fifa has also ordered that there be an extra ordinary meeting on or before June 16 but your organisation has failed to comply with these directives.

“In view of these gross violations of the constitution we categorically demand that your whole executive immediately vacate office. Failure which we will obtain a legal interdict stop you from masquerading as Zifa officials.”

Comments (1)

This Dube is a shit I tell you.

Ziziharinanyanga - 13 June 2015

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