Zifa meets its match

HARARE - Finally, Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Jonathan Mashingaidze has met his match after he was dressed down by Walter Magaya, founder and leader of the Prophetic Healing and Deliverance Ministries.

For many years, Mashingaidze and Zifa president Cuthbert Dube have run the local game unchallenged while making some ludicrous decisions.

Most of these decisions have resulted in the near-destruction of the local game and anyone who opposes the two is summarily suspended from Zifa.

Only this week, Mashingaidze and Dube orchestrated the suspension of 14 councillors including Zifa vice president Omega Sibanda and board member finance Bernard Gwarada.

Sports minister Andrew Langa and the Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) have, however, mollycoddled Mashingaidze and Dube.

Langa and the SRC continue to treat the two rogue football officials with kid gloves despite the trail of destruction they have left in the domestic game. 

On Thursday Magaya, however, severely censured Mashingaidze for misusing the funds he donated to the players.

“My support is going towards these boys and this must be made very clear, Mr Mashingaidze,” Magaya said.

“My support is not on you (Mashingaidze) or Zifa. I am not a political person — do you understand (Mashingaidze)? My support is for these guys and whatever I gave, should go straight to these guys.

“I know you have your own zvikwereti (debts) but find your own ways to sort them out. I am only concerned with these boys. I want to support them so that I can change their lives. I heard the boys did not get any cent from the previous money I gave you, even the coach I heard he did not receive anything which is not good.”

While the relevant authorities seem to be afraid of Mashingaidze and Dube, at least Magaya had the courage to air his views. Over the years, siphoning off Fifa funds meant for women football, junior development and other grassroots projects have been prevalent at Zifa under Mashingaidze and Dube’s watch.

This is the reason why Gwarada was barred from ever handling Zifa accounts despite it falling under his purview as board member for finance.

With all these scandals and clear lack of knowledge to run football, it is time that Dube and his side kick Mashingaidze must reconsider their stay at the helm of the popular sport.

We are tired of endless stories of chaos at Zifa and Dube must do the honourable thing — resign.

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