Zifa lifts Uriri suspension, appoints playoffs committee

HARARE - Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) has lifted the suspension of CAPS United board chairperson Lewis Uriri and appointed him to be a part of the playoffs committee following resolutions at a board meeting held in Harare yesterday.

Uriri was slapped with a ban after an alleged breach of the provisions of Article 13 (a) and 31 (i) of the Zifa constitution by convening an unsanctioned meeting of the Premier Soccer League(PSL) clubs on October 29 this year according to Zifa.

He is said to have incited PSL clubs’ representatives to defy a decision on promotion and relegation passed by the Zifa congress earlier on the same day which was also in breach of the association’s Article 17 (2) of the constitution by urging PSL clubs to act against a decision passed by the Zifa congress.

Zifa president Philip Chiyangwa (pictured) confirming the developments yesterday said Uriri’s suspension was lifted and the board is also working on doing the same for Edzai Kasinauyo, Ian Gorowa and Nation Dube who were implicated in the Limpopogate.

“His suspension has been lifted. We are also working round the clock to review our stance on the issue of Edzai, Gorowa and Nation but no such exercise will be done in relation to Henrietta Rushwaya and Jonathan Musavengana as long as I live,” Chiyangwa told the Daily News on Sunday yesterday.

“We have also set up a committee that will handle the issue of playoffs but of interest is the resolution that two teams will be demoted this year and four gaining promotion to increase the number of teams in next year’s premiership to 18.”

The committee is chaired by Zifa competitions board member Piraishe Mabena, the four regional presidents, PSL emergency committee while Uriri, a lawyer by profession has also been included in this committee.

Mlauzi reflects on Mighty Warriors’ exit
YAOUNDE - Mighty Warriors coach Shadreck Mlauzi has singled out inadequate preparations as the key factor behind his team’s early exit from the African Women Cup of Nations (Awcon) tournament currently underway here.

The Mighty Warriors, who had last participated in this tournament in 2004, bowed out after managing just a single point in the goalless draw against South Africa in their opening match before defeats against Egypt (1-0) and Cameroon (2-0) condemned them to the bottom of Group A.

Cameroon progressed to the semi-finals as group leaders having won all their three matches while South Africa also advanced as runners-up on four points after dismantling out-of-sorts Egypt 5-0 in the other game.

The Zimbabwe women will always feel hard done by the harsh manner in which they lost to Egypt following that diabolical officiating by Burundi referee Suavis Iratunga which deprived them of at least a point.

Iratunga disallowed a Felistus Muzongondi equaliser enroute to that disappointing defeat against the Egyptians which had a huge psychologically impact on the girls who even struggled to recover from that episode going into their final match of the campaign against hosts Cameroon.

But a downbeat Mlauzi, however, was left to reflect on what might have been a good tournament following his side’s early exit.

“It’s a combination of many factors and as I have said before we did not have the best preparations,” Mlauzi said.

“The team assembled for the final camp a week before the tournament which is not good enough coming for games of this intensity and physical demand- you cannot short-circuit preparations for such a big tournament. The physical quality has to be at it’s highest because it’s only that team that can win. The thoroughness of preparations is very important when coming for these big tournaments.”

Mlauzi added that matters were also made worse by lack of game time as there is no competitive women’s league at the moment.

“In football there are no shortcuts, it’s about having the right systems throughout from the grassroots. It’s critical to have junior systems so that it acts as a feeder to the senior team,” Mlauzi said.

“Players like Rudo Neshamba a natural goalscorer can only come from the juniors if there are proper structures. It’s a reflection of the structures that we have back home. Without a vibrant league it was always going to be difficult.”

Mlauzi felt generally they have learnt some lessons from the tournament and will be hoping to implement them in the future tournaments.

“The key lesson that we have learnt is that everything comes down to the thoroughness of preparations,” he said.

“At this level I have been impressed by the quality of football. I think all the teams exhibited some quality football. From what I have seen I think African football is heading towards the right direction.”

The team is scheduled to leave here tomorrow and will arrive in Harare on Tuesday.

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