Bafa ex­pel Madamara

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Allen Khu­malo Sports Re­porter

MADAMARA have been ex­pelled from the Bu­l­awayo Ama­teur Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (Bafa) League for their un­so­licited cor­re­spon­dence with spon­sors of the Town­shend and Butcher Tro­phy.

Madamara wrote a let­ter to Town­shend and Butcher ap­peal­ing against the Bafa ex­ec­u­tive’s de­ci­sion to award their aban­doned semi-fi­nal tie to Lad­uma.

“It has come to our at­ten­tion that Madamara sent an un­so­licited let­ter to our spon­sors. This is a very se­ri­ous breach of pro­to­col. It is our firm con­vic­tion that such cor­re­spon­dence was tar­geted at jeop­ar­dis­ing the re­la­tion­ship be­tween Town­shend and Butcher and Bafa, whose part­ner­ship spans a record 59 con­tin­u­ous years,” said Bafa chair­man Chris Mtung­wazi.

“Bafa and in­deed the foot­ball fra­ter­nity do not take such mis­de­meanours lightly as they are de­signed to bring the game of foot­ball into dis­re­pute. There­fore, as Bafa, we have taken a de­ci­sion to ex­pel Madamara from the league with im­me­di­ate ef­fect.

“In ev­ery as­so­ci­a­tion there are pro­to­cols to be fol­lowed and if Madamara had a prob­lem with our de­ci­sion, they should have ap­proached us first in­stead of go­ing be­hind our back to com­plain to the spon­sors. We felt that they were out to jeop­ar­dise our 59-year-old re­la­tion­ship with Town­shend and Butcher hence the ex­pul­sion.”

Madamara sec­re­tary Didy­mus Maramwidze said they were not happy with the de­ci­sion to ex­pel them from the league.

“This de­ci­sion by Bafa to ex­pel us from the league is too harsh. We would un­der­stand if we were ex­pelled from tak­ing part in the tour­na­ment, but not the league. What hap­pened in the tour­na­ment shouldn’t have af­fected us in the league.

“Right now we feel like this de­ci­sion was made based more on a per­sonal than pro­fes­sional level,” Maramwidze said.

Madamara will, how­ever, be able to ap­ply for re-ad­mis­sion into the Bafa League next sea­son.

They were third on the league ta­ble with 41 points off 21 games. — @khumza­llen

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