6 mem­ber DC ap­pointed over Gambe, ref­eree abuse

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Sikhum­buzo Moyo Se­nior Sports Re­porter

ZIFA has ap­pointed a six-mem­ber ad hoc dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee to deal with Zim­babwe Women’s Soc­cer League vice-chair­per­son Ce­cilia Gambe, who al­legedly in­vaded the pitch and abused a ref­eree dur­ing a league match in Mutare in May.

The com­mit­tee is chaired by Zifa vice-pres­i­dent Omega Sibanda, with re­gional chair­per­sons as mem­bers.

Gambe al­legedly in­vaded the pitch dur­ing a match pit­ting Mutare City and How Mine on May 8 and abused ref­eree Brighton Chimene.

The lat­est de­vel­op­ment comes af­ter a se­ri­ous con­cern raised by Sport and Recre­ation Min­is­ter Makhosini Hlongwane that Zifa was drag­ging its feet in dis­ci­plin­ing the Mutare-based of­fi­cial.

Hlongwane raised his con­cerns at a press con­fer­ence in Harare fol­low­ing vi­o­lence that erupted at Bar­bour­fields Sta­dium at the end of a league match be­tween High­landers and Chicken Inn last Sun­day.

The Min­is­ter said Zifa’s fail­ure to pun­ish foot­ball lead­ers like Gambe had sent the wrong mes­sage that such law­less­ness was ac­cept­able in do­mes­tic foot­ball.

Gambe charged at Chimene, ac­cus­ing him of bad of­fi­ci­at­ing, but the Women’s League of­fi­cial is still to be sanc­tioned by Zifa while Mutare City Rovers were pe­nalised $2,000 by the PSL’s dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee for the be­hav­iour of the fans.

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