Ma­hachi, Pa­suwa deal­ings not dis­closed

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Sikhum­buzo Moyo

ZIFA player in­ter­me­di­ary Gib­son Ma­hachi al­legedly did not dis­close in writ­ing a pos­si­ble con­flict of in­ter­est in his deal­ings with War­riors’ coach Cal­listo Pa­suwa.

Ef­forts to get con­fir­ma­tion of dis­clo­sure drew a blank from Zifa com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager Xolisani Gwe­sela, who failed to pro­vide it for two days, but sources at the na­tional as­so­ci­a­tion said such doc­u­men­ta­tion was never sub­mit­ted.

Zifa can in­voke Ar­ti­cle Nine of the Fifa reg­u­la­tions that look at work­ing with in­ter­me­di­aries. The world foot­ball govern­ing body can also im­pose sanc­tions on him by in­vok­ing the same ar­ti­cle.

In not dis­clos­ing in writ­ing that Pa­suwa was un­der his man­age­ment, which raises a pos­si­ble con­flict of in­ter­est as he has a num­ber of play­ers un­der his sta­ble that have en­joyed a lot of game time in the na­tional team, Ma­hachi breached Ar­ti­cle Eight of the same reg­u­la­tions.

Ar­ti­cle Eight, Part One reads: “Prior to en­gag­ing the ser­vices of an in­ter­me­di­ary, play­ers and/ or clubs shall use rea­son­able en­deav­ours to en­sure that no con­flicts of in­ter­est ex­ist or are likely to ex­ist ei­ther for the play­ers and/ or clubs or for the in­ter­me­di­aries.”

Ac­cord­ing the Part Two of the same ar­ti­cle, no con­flict of in­ter­est would be deemed to ex­ist if the in­ter­me­di­ary dis­closes in writ­ing any ac­tual or po­ten­tial con­flict of in­ter­est he might have with one of the other par­ties in­volved in the mat­ter, in re­la­tion to a trans­ac­tion, rep­re­sen­ta­tion con­tract or shared in­ter­ests, and if he ob­tains the ex­press writ­ten con­sent of all the other par­ties in­volved prior to the start of the rel­e­vant ne­go­ti­a­tions.

If sanc­tions are to be im­posed on Ma­hachi, the as­so­ci­a­tion will then in­form Fifa in terms of part two of Ar­ti­cle Nine and the world body will then de­cide on the ex­ten­sion of the sanc­tion to have a world­wide ef­fect in ac­cor­dance with the Fifa dis­ci­plinary code.

“As­so­ci­a­tions are obliged to pub­lish ac­cord­ingly and to in­form Fifa of any dis­ci­plinary sanc­tions taken against any in­ter­me­di­ary. The Fifa Dis­ci­plinary Com­mit­tee will then de­cide on the ex­ten­sion of the sanc­tion to have world­wide ef­fect in ac­cor­dance with the Fifa Dis­ci­plinary Code,” reads Ar­ti­cle Nine, Part Two of the rules and reg­u­la­tions on work­ing with in­ter­me­di­aries. — @


Cal­listo Pa­suwa

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