Zim­babwe Women’s Foot­ball vice-chair sum­moned

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

ZIM­BABWE Women’s Foot­ball vice-chair­per­son Ce­cilia Gambe will to­day ap­pear be­fore a Zifa ad hoc dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee to an­swer charges of bring­ing the game into dis­re­pute.

This fol­lows her in­va­sion of the pitch dur­ing a league match in­volv­ing Mutare City Rovers and How Mine on May 8 in Mutare.

Zifa com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager Xolisani Gwe­sela said yes­ter­day that the Mutare-based ad­min­is­tra­tor will ap­pear be­fore the com­mit­tee chaired by the as­so­ci­a­tion’s vice-pres­i­dent Omega Sibanda to­day.

This will be about four months after the in­ci­dent that drew the ire of Sport and Recre­ation Min­is­ter Makhosini Hlong­wane, who de­manded Zifa ac­tion.

“Sum­mons have been served on her and she is ex­pected to ap­pear be­fore the com­mit­tee to­mor­row,” said Gwe­sela.

Gambe al­legedly stormed the Sakubva Sta­dium pitch, man­han­dled the ref­eree be­fore point­ing a mid­dle fin­ger at the of­fi­cial. Mutare City Rovers were sub­se­quently slapped with a $2 000 fine by the Premier Soc­cer League as per stand­ing or­ders.

Gambe is not new to con­tro­versy, hav­ing made a shock­ing out­burst in the run-up to Zifa elec­tions claim­ing that the Sport and Recre­ation Com­mis­sion was bi­ased and had en­dorsed the then pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Philip Chiyangwa.

This was after the Harare prop­erty mogul do­nated $10 000 to the Mighty War­riors as part of their prepa­ra­tions for the Rio Olympics.

How­ever, then SRC di­rec­tor-gen­eral Charles Nhemachena dis­missed her al­le­ga­tions, say­ing they had no modus operandi to nom­i­nate or en­dorse any­one for ap­point­ment or elec­tion to any po­si­tion in na­tional sport as­so­ci­a­tions.

“Those ut­ter­ances were made after the close of the meet­ing in ques­tion, but that not­with­stand­ing, it was grossly ir­re­spon­si­ble for her to choose the SRC board­room to make a ‘po­lit­i­cal state­ment’. The SRC would like to re­as­sure the na­tional sport as­so­ci­a­tions and the na­tion at large, of its im­par­tial­ity and com­mit­ment to fair play in its deal­ings on elec­toral and other is­sues con­cern­ing the ad­min­is­tra­tion of sport,” Nhemachena said then.

Zifa ad hoc dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee is made up of Sibanda, Vic­tor Mati­pano (vice-chair­per­son), Musa Man­daza, Dav­i­son Muchena, Wil­lard Manyen­ga­vana and Stan­ley Chapeta. — @skhu­moyo2000

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