Zifa suspends Uriri

HARARE - Zifa president Philip Chiyangwa yesterday suspended CAPS United board chairperson Lewis Uriri as the standoff between the association and the Premier Soccer League (PSL) continues unabated.

“Zifa has provisionally suspended CAPS United chairperson...Uriri from association football with immediate effect,” Zifa said in a statement last night.

“Uriri breached provisions of Article 13 (a) and 31 (i) of the Zifa constitution by convening an unsanctioned meeting of Premier Soccer League clubs on 29 October 2016.

“At the same meeting held at Rainbow Towers, Uriri incited PSL clubs’ representatives to defy a decision on promotion and relegation passed by the Zifa congress earlier on the same day.

“Uriri also breached Article 17 (2) of the Zifa constitution by urging PSL Clubs to act against a decision passed by the Zifa congress.

“In that vein, Uriri has to immediately relinquish all roles associated with association football in Zimbabwe until the next Zifa congress.”

The standoff between the two bodies has already reached higher levels with PSL clubs on Saturday agreeing to approach the Court of Arbitration of Sport in Switzerland to rule on the contentious issue regarding relegation and play-offs in the domestic game.

Meanwhile, Chiyangwa will meet the PSL clubs tomorrow in a bid to try and iron out their differences.

“Chiyangwa shall exclusively meet with all shareholders of all Premier Soccer League clubs on the 22nd of November 2016 for an update on current developments in Zimbabwean football,” Zifa said in a statement yesterday.

At the same time, the association has also appointed Isiah Mureriwa to be the chairperson of the Zifa Arbitration Tribunal. Mureriwa is a partner at Scanlen and Holderness and is a practicing advocate with the Commercial Arbitration Centre (Harare).

While Chiyangwa is extending an olive branch to the PSL clubs, in a surprise turn of events, Zifa has also appointed Bhudhama Chikamhi of BCA Consultants to conduct a forensic audit of the PSL books.

“The appointment is with immediate effect and the findings of the forensic audit report shall be tabled before the Zifa congress for decision making,” Zifa said.

This move to audit the PSL books at a time when Zifa is sitting on a $7 million debt is likely to face resistance from the league.

The PSL has already alleged Zifa is plotting to destabilise the league as evidenced by the suspension of their chairperson Peter Dube and Highlanders chief executive Ndumiso Gumede.

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Chiyangwa atanga chiZanu pf kubhora chidictatorship humnhu hwaMugabe

chando - 21 November 2016

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