Chiyangwa blasts Sibanda, Dube

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Ricky Zililo

ZIFA pres­i­dent Philip Chiyangwa re­port­edly launched a scathing at­tack on South­ern Re­gion coun­cil­lors, in­clud­ing his deputy Omega Sibanda and PSL chair­man Peter Dube, ac­cus­ing them of caus­ing prob­lems in his ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Some coun­cil­lors who at­tended the Satur­day meet­ing said they were shocked by Chiyangwa’s ut­ter­ances, as they felt he be­lit­tled them and ac­cused him of fail­ing to prop­erly pre­side over the meet­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to the coun­cil­lors, the rel­e­ga­tion and pro­mo­tion dead­lock in­censed Chiyangwa, who called for a lunch break as things spun out of con­trol.

“It is true that Chiyangwa ex­pressed his anger to­wards South­ern Re­gion coun­cil­lors, whom he said were a prob­lem to his ad­min­is­tra­tion. He said so dur­ing his re­marks af­ter lunch. Chiyangwa had ad­journed the meet­ing af­ter peo­ple had voted with the ma­jor­ity say­ing the PSL should rel­e­gate four teams, some­thing he was against. He thought that he will win over coun­cil­lors so that they with­draw their pro­posal of rel­e­gat­ing four clubs, but failed. He was ag­i­tated by their de­fi­ance and when the meet­ing re­sumed af­ter lunch, he just pro­ceeded with­out con­clud­ing the mat­ter,” said a coun­cil­lor.

“With­out minc­ing his words, Chiyangwa said the South­ern Re­gion led by Musa Man­daza, who sub­mit­ted con­sti­tu­tional re­form pro­pos­als which laid the foun­da­tion for the chaos that en­sued, was a prob­lem. Sur­pris­ingly, peo­ple like North­ern Re­gion chair­man Wil­lard Manyen­ga­vana are the ones that were dis­rupt­ing pro­ceed­ings yet Chiyangwa chose to at­tack South­ern Re­gion coun­cil­lors.”

Chiyangwa is said to have blasted Sibanda and Dube, whom he said al­ways en­gaged in a war of words dur­ing their ex­ec­u­tive meet­ings.

“By choos­ing to un­dress and em­bar­rass Dube and Sibanda, Chiyangwa could have done so on pur­pose to show coun­cil­lors that the two were af­fect­ing progress dur­ing meet­ings. As the as­so­ci­a­tion’s pres­i­dent, he should have ad­dressed that with his board, but only he knows why he did so. That move is likely to strain re­la­tions with his deputy, who helped him when he made blun­ders. Re­mem­ber, it’s Sibanda who took the blame w h e n Chiyangwa fired (War­riors’ coach) Cal­listo Pa­suwa and made his deputy an­nounce the news. When that back­fired, Chiyangwa claimed to have been in South Africa and took the glory for ‘re­vers­ing’ the de­ci­sion,” a coun­cil­lor said. One coun­cil­lor said: “I think it’s not fair for the Zifa pres­i­dent to blame our (South­ern) re­gion when ev­ery­thing we raised was for the good of foot­ball. The other re­gions shared the same sen­ti­ments and why didn’t he re­buke the guys from the North­ern Re­gion or other coun­cil­lors who were a nui­sance at the meet­ing.” Sibanda and Dube were un­avail­able for com­ment, while Man­daza re­ferred ques­tions to the Zifa vi­cepres­i­dent. “I can’t com­ment on that, only Sibanda can com­ment on that,” said Man­daza. — @ZililoR

Zifa pres­i­dent Philip Chiyangwa and his deputy Omega Sibanda in this file pic­ture

PSL chair­man Peter Dube

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