Anarchy reigns supreme in women's football

HARARE - Confusion in local women’s football continued yesterday after the Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) suspended five officials for various reasons.

There has been discord in the women’s game since clubs vowed not to fulfil league matches due to their differences with Zifa.

As a result, women’s football vice chairperson Samkeliso Silengane has been made suspended together with four officials.

Zvishavane Pirates chairperson Plaxedes Brown, Auckland Queens manager Jerrymike Gumbo, Weerams president Wilbert Rambanepasi and ZRP Morris secretary Amon Vengai have also been suspended.

“The Zifa executive committee has indefinitely suspended...Silengane, on charges of insubordination, misrepresentation and undermining constitutional structures of women football,” the association said in a statement.

“At a meeting held on October 20, 2017, the Zifa executive committee resolved to provisionally bar Silengane from participating in association football in any role, pending the outcome of a disciplinary hearing to be instituted at a later date.

“Silengane also misrepresented Zifa and the Local Organising Committee for the Cosafa Women’s Championship, soliciting for funds without consent of the body and its marketing committee.

“During the build-up to the women’s championship, she went on to incite the senior women team’s players to engage in industrial action.”

Zifa added: “The four’s suspension emanates from their organisation of and participation in unsanctioned meetings where they urged other members of the league to stop playing games.

“Since the end of the Cosafa Women’s Championship on September 24, league action is yet to resume. The four’s actions constituted a parallel structure that worked to undermine decisions made by the constitutional leadership of women football.

“Together with Silengane, all the suspended members of women football are restricted from participating in association football, pending outcomes of disciplinary hearings to be held at later dates.”

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