Cuthbert Dube faces Zifa axe

HARARE - Cuthbert Dube is heading for the axe at Zifa after President Robert Mugabe accused him of abuse of funds from the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier played against Guinea two weeks ago.

The long-serving Zifa president has placed his career in jeopardy after failing to account for gate-takings.

Trouble started when Mugabe told a luncheon to mark the official opening of the third session of the eighth Parliament on Tuesday, that there were reports the former Premier Service Medical Aid Society boss was abusing football funds.

This prompted outgoing Sports minister Andrew Langa to summon the Zifa president and some board members to explain the alleged mismanagement of the association’s funds.

The Zimbabwe National Soccer Supporters Association also moved in swiftly and opened a docket with the police against Zifa after questioning how some of the board members ended up sharing money grossed from the game.

Zifa raked in $88 000 but reportedly made a loss of $12 000 amid charges four board members each received $2 800 from the day’s gate takings at Rufaro Stadium on September 6. A further $1 200 was also reportedly signed for by Fungai Chihuri as travel and subsistence allowance.

At least $20 000 provided by celebrity preacher Walter Magaya was not captured in the books with Zifa claiming it paid Herentals College $3 000 for buses for both Zimbabwe and Guinea. Herentals says it did not receive any cash from Zifa.

At least $12 000 provided by a Harare businessman for tickets purchase for the Warriors’ foreign-based players was reported to have been reimbursed, but the businessman says he did not receive any cash.

Now an October 3, extra-ordinary meeting scheduled for Zifa Village in Mt Hampden is set to seal Dube’s fate.

Mugabe said: “We are saying we are not yet there, the cake is still small for people to share. When you take gate-takings from people who would have paid to watch soccer, where are you saying the money is coming from?

“You don’t even have the conscience of saying this is wrong, instead you are saying I am entitled to it. Haa! we are saying enough is enough to that kind of greediness, that we cannot have as a country,” the 91-year-old said, pounding the podium.

“I don’t believe it when I hear that Dube is taking money, but haa, this is worrying.”

The match attracted one of the biggest crowds seen at Rufaro Stadium in recent years.

Comments (10)

Sanity must prevail at zifa for the good of our football. Quarels are not good for the development of our football.

Mr KWENDA TINEI - 18 September 2015

Dube should save face and leave office. Then same for Mashingaidze....Hamunyare here imi vanhu vaviri

Toga - 18 September 2015

Dube must not only be fired but he should pay back the money and be charged with fraud. That man must rot in jail.

Ziziharinanyanga - 18 September 2015

There is General corruption practices at Zifa. Football and most importantly FIFA laws must be followed to deal with Dube and his executive. The GVT must not find itself in conflict with FIFA laws. Our boys the warriors have a better chance of Afcon 2017 Qualifier. We have been banned for world Cup 2018. We cant risk another ban. Laws must be used to deal with them. Gvt must not have visible hand in toppling Cuthbert and company.

X-MAN IV - 18 September 2015

Cuthbert haana kwaanoenda. H.E vaitotamba zvavo havangadzingi munin'ina basa. Hamuoni kuti iye Minister paakada kumira mira ndipo paakabva abhutsurwa.

tichanetsana oneday - 18 September 2015

That is just a tip of an iceberg there is just mismanagement across the country but government is the worst if we are to see now.What has to happen is to create mechanism to contain this evil and not just go after household cases.The case of ZIFA even a blind man can see the scandals just like the police now.I would like to commend the passport office if one goes there now one would be satisfied with the service and i do not know how the Registrar General and his team managed to turn the tables i think others could learn or rather exchange notes and we stop looking at individuals but at the system.Honestly it is not the work of the Head of State to look into such matters.Something is very very wrong with his system and his lietenants,hence the dismissal of Minister Langa is justified

carson macate - 19 September 2015

Mugabe must go first

tofara - 19 September 2015

It is wrong for Mr Mugabe to publicly dress down his fellow transgressor when he knows he himself is fraudulently occupying the presidency. From this position, he (and his cabinet) has been drawing from the national fiscus illegally all these years, in salaries and flying allowances (and indeed in many other ways known to him - them). Mr Dube is unfortunate in that he has nothing to strike back at Mr Mugabe with although he would not dare if he had. Then again, is it a secret anymore, that these are just words by Mr Mugabe, and words they will remain.

Mr Dete - 21 September 2015

gift mather is a thief, no doubt about that.

Mr Dete - 21 September 2015

Bob first before Cuthbert

Sinyoro - 21 September 2015

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