Zifa to decide on Mashingaidze

HARARE - The fate of Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) CEO Jonathan Mashingaidze will be decided at next Tuesday’s board meeting.

Mashingaidze’s contract expired at the start of this month but he has continued to conduct his usual duties of leading the Zifa secretariat.

The Zifa CEO has been in the spotlight for different reasons in the past years since bouncing back at the association during Cuthbert Dube’s reign.

Despite a lot of misgivings by Zifa councillors regarding Mashingaidze’s conduct, Dube steadfastly remained behind the Zifa CEO.

However, Mashingaidze’s future at Number 53, Livingstone Avenue will be a major topical issue when the new board led by Philip Chiyangwa meets next week.

The board members will debate whether to renew his contract or look for another individual to take up the post.

Speculation is rife that Nyasha Mushekwi’s ex-wife Luminista might be earmarked to take up the role after she was included in the Warriors’ travelling party for the away 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Swaziland last month.

Chiyangwa has also been on the record claiming that Luminista is a “genius”, who will help turn around the association’s fortunes and battered image.

Also on the agenda for Tuesday’s meeting is the fate of suspended technical director Maxwell Takaendesa Jongwe.

Zifa have not given a plausible explanation regarding why Jongwe was suspended.

The board will also have to co-opt one of their members to take up the portfolios of development and referees after the expulsion of Edzai Kasinauyo.

Zifa suspended Kasinauyo, who was holding both portfolios, last month due to his alleged involvement in the plot to fix the Warriors’ matches against Swaziland.

Zifa claim they have evidence that Kasinauyo working together with former CEO Henrietta Rushwaya, ex-Warriors coach Ian Gorowa and Warriors assistant coach Nation Dube had infiltrated the national team setup with the help of an Asian betting syndicate linked to Wilson Raj Perumal.

The clique is alleged to have targeted Zimbabwean players based in South Africa so that they could throw away matches at predetermined score lines.

Tuesday’s meeting is also set to discuss the date and preparations of the forthcoming Zifa Annual General Meeting.

Since being elected into office last December, the new Zifa board has not held their first congress which has stifled some of the associations operations.

A number of Zifa committees which help run the game smoothly need to be appointed and approved by the congress.

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