Zifa purges continue

HARARE - The Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) board yesterday suspended vice-president Omega Sibanda and board member for finance Bernard Gwarada together with all four regional chairmen.

As the factionalism at 53 Livingstone Avenue continues, regional chairpersons Willard Manyengavana (Northern Region), Musa Mandaza (Southern Region), Festus Kamambo (Central Region) and Piraishe Mabhena (Eastern Region) were also suspended at yesterday’s board meeting.

Northern Region treasurer Sweeney Mushonga and Dennis Tshuma, the Matabeleland North Provincial chairman, were also sacrificed. 

The eight were charged with being the ring leaders of last month’s Assembly meeting that attempted to overthrow Zifa president Cuthbert Dube.

At least 30 Zifa Assembly members attended the meeting at a local Harare hotel and voted to suspend Dube for running down the county’s beautiful game.

It seems Sibanda and Gwarada have paid the price for their disapproval of how Dube and Zifa CEO Jonathan Mashingaidze have turned the association into a two-man show.

Since being voted into office in March last year, Gwarada as the Zifa treasurer had never laid eyes on the association’s accounts.

All the financial transactions at Zifa which needed Gwarada’s signature are now being handled by the secretariat.

As the vice-president, Sibanda was supposed to be involved heavily with all national teams but he was shut out by the secretariat.

All national team coaches’ appointments were done behind Sibanda’s back with the Bulawayo businessman reading about the developments in the press.

Shortly after Zimbabwe’s ban by Fifa from the 2018 World Cup qualifiers for failing to pay former coach Valinhos, the Zifa councillors wrote a petition to Dube notifying him of their intention to hold a Special General Meeting.

At least 30 of the 58-member Zifa Assembly members attended the meeting in question which was then deemed unconstitutional by Fifa since the notice not met the three-month period prescribed by the Zifa constitution.

“Since the request was made on 16 March 2015, the three-month time lapse has not been completed yet, the deadline being 16 June 2015. In addition, the extraordinary congress should have been convened by the secretary-general and chaired by the president, which was not the case,” wrote Fifa.

“Therefore, the conditions set in the Zifa constitution have not been met and the alleged extraordinary congress of 17 May 2015 is thus considered null and void. Pursuant to art. 17 par. 3 of the Fifa Statutes, any member’s bodies that have been elected or appointed by the Member shall not be recognised by Fifa.”

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