SRC concerned with Zifa purges

HARARE -The Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) is concerned with the recent purges of officials by the Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa).

On Tuesday, A Zifa board meeting chaired by Cuthbert Dube resolved to suspended vice-president Omega Sibanda and board member for finance Bernard Gwarada.

Four regional chairmen Willard Manyengavana (Northern Region), Musa Mandaza (Southern Region), Festus Kamambo (Central Region) and Piraishe Mabhena (Eastern Region) were suspended by the association.

Matebeleland North provincial chairman Dennis Mushonga and Sweeney Mushonga, the Northern Region treasurer, were also suspended.

In a statement yesterday, SRC director-general Charles Nhemachena said the politicking had taken centre stage at Zifa while football development is neglected.

“The SRC notes with concern, the continued turmoil in the governance of football in the country,” said Nhemachena.

“The reported suspensions of some members by the Zifa Board yesterday, in addition to the earlier suspension of the women’s football representative on the Board are but a manifestation of the dysfunctional governance that now characterizes the administration of the beautiful game of football.

“The recent action to suspend some of the Zifa Council and Board members as afore-mentioned is in complete disregard of the advice that the Commission and indeed the Ministry has been giving to the Zifa Board; specifically on the need to work as a team and to desist from engaging in actions that would shift their focus from the primary goal of football development and developing the sport into an industry that is capable of contributing meaningfully to the ideals of youth empowerment, employment creation and growing the economy.

“It is apparent that the dysfunctional conflicts that now characterize the football leadership are so deep rooted to the extent that no meaningful effort towards the development of football can be expected.

Nhemachena added: “This, coupled with other glaring inadequacies of our football leadership, has become a serious threat to our national interest. The Commission notes and appreciates the anxiety of the nation at large created by the goings on in Zifa, and the understandable impatience for corrective action to be taken immediately.

“The Commission will, as a matter of priority, review Zifa’s actions in detail once the official report on the suspensions has been received, and corrective action will thereafter be taken as necessary, due regard being had to due process.”

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