Women’s clubs ig­nore call to reg­u­larise Zifa mem­ber­ship

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

CALLS by Zifa pres­i­dent Philip Chiyangwa for women foot­ball clubs to reg­u­larise their mem­ber­ship sta­tus with the as­so­ci­a­tion by Au­gust 31 went un­heeded, with no club do­ing so by Wed­nes­day.

The reg­u­lar­i­sa­tion process was meant to pave way for elec­tions for a sub­stan­tive lead­er­ship fol­low­ing a pro­tracted wran­gle since the un­con­sti­tu­tional ouster of Miriam Sibanda by the Cuth­bert Dube led Zifa ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee. El­iz­a­beth Langa is the in­terim chair­per­son.

“Upon reg­is­tra­tion, each club will go through vet­ting in or­der to en­sure ap­pro­pri­ate and proper of­fi­cials are in of­fice dur­ing Septem­ber 2016.

“In Septem­ber, Zifa will pub­lish reg­is­tered clubs, fol­lowed by the an­nounce­ment for Women Premier League and Di­vi­sion elec­tions, both of which will re­quire chair­per­sons who will be ap­proved by congress and will be el­i­gi­ble for a seat on the Zifa Coun­cil.

“Elec­tions to be held in Harare on Oc­to­ber 22, 2016, at a venue to be ad­vised,” read the no­tice from Chiyangwa.

Most clubs said they did not heed the call as they were not aware of it.

Some re­gional lead­ers said they only got to learn about the call through the me­dia.

Clubs were sup­posed to con­tact act­ing Zifa chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Joseph Ma­mutse, who also con­firmed that he was yet to get any cor­re­spon­dence from clubs.

“We never re­ceived a cir­cu­lar to that ef­fect. We only read about in the me­dia,” said South­ern Re­gion Women’s Foot­ball chair­per­son Takundwa Chimundiya.

Women’s foot­ball has not had a for­mal league for more than two years, with clubs choos­ing to or­gan­ise them­selves and play league matches of­fi­ci­ated by re­tired ref­er­ees.

The South­ern Re­gion has been the most or­gan­ised in that re­gard.

The idea of a na­tional league fell off the radar in 2014 af­ter calls by clubs to have re­gional leagues as a way of cut­ting costs was turned down — @ skhu­moyo2000.

El­iz­a­beth Langa, in­terim women’s foot­ball league chair­per­son for

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