Pamire chal­lenges Chiyangwa

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the 2017 sea­son.

With al­most all the four re­gional First Di­vi­sion leagues about to end, Zifa is yet to come up with a clear po­si­tion, which Pamire feels is also a threat to spon­sor­ship.

“That rel­e­ga­tion and pro­mo­tion is­sue must have been dealt with ur­gency be­cause it’s not only bring­ing con­fu­sion, but also threat­en­ing spon­sor­ship. By spon­sor­ship, I mean the topflight league spon­sor­ship and even those who fi­nance the clubs that are ei­ther look­ing at win­ning pro­mo­tion or those that have sud­denly been told they’re fac­ing rel­e­ga­tion.

“Chiyangwa should re­solve this mat­ter so that clubs know how to plan be­fore the sea­son ends. Every­one wants to know what di­rec­tion our foot­ball is tak­ing,” said Pamire.

The vet­eran ad­min­is­tra­tor said peo­ple are as­ton­ished that the coun­cil­lors were of­fended by a “mere” let­ter writ­ten by the PSL, which had also com­mit­ted to or­gan­is­ing the play-offs at its own ex­pense.

Pamire didn’t mince his words when he ques­tioned the cal­i­bre of coun­cil­lors, whom he said were seem­ingly driven by greed.

“I don’t care what they say, but to me it’s all a mat­ter of greed. One time they agree to play-offs, maybe think­ing they’ll get some­thing and once they dis­cover that the money will be paid to ser­vice providers, they make a sud­den U-turn,” said Pamire.

“Can we trust peo­ple who don’t abide by gov­er­nance prin­ci­ples such that a mere let­ter can cloud their judg­ment? Th­ese are the same peo­ple who de­cided to go against a res­o­lu­tion they made within a year and want to change goal­posts dur­ing the com­pe­ti­tion which is against the prin­ci­ples of fair play.

“As the pres­i­dent of Zifa, Chiyangwa should come up with a de­ci­sion that is in the best in­ter­est of the game,” Pamire said.

Zifa com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager Xolisani Gwe­sela said Chiyangwa is han­dling the mat­ter and a de­ci­sion would be made in due course.

“No de­ci­sion has been made on the is­sue you’re ask­ing about. You will be ad­vised in due course on the progress. The mat­ter is be­ing dealt with by the pres­i­dent (Chiyangwa),” Gwe­sela said.

Zifa South­ern re­gion chair­man Musa Man­daza said the de­ci­sion made by the assem­bly stands.

“That’s a na­tional mat­ter. That de­ci­sion (to rel­e­gate four and pro­mote four) made by the na­tional assem­bly stands and can’t be changed un­less some­thing dras­tic hap­pens. No in­di­vid­ual can re­verse an assem­bly res­o­lu­tion,” Man­daza said.

Speak­ing in his per­sonal ca­pac­ity, Sports and Re­cre­ation Com­mis­sion’s (SRC) act­ing di­rec­tor­gen­eral Joseph Muchechetere said: “If it so happened that they re­solved to change the goal­posts with two games to go, then that’s not sports­man­ship. What I know is that rules and reg­u­la­tions of any com­pe­ti­tion are com­mu­ni­cated at the be­gin­ning of the com­pe­ti­tion and if they’re to change, due no­tice should be given. Through the sys­tem com­mu­ni­cated, a spe­cial gen­eral meet­ing is called to dis­cuss mat­ters that might have arisen dur­ing the course of the com­pe­ti­tion. That’s how sports man­age­ment and sports gov­er­nance should be.” — @ZililoR

The mo­tion was put to a vote and 16 coun­cil­lors voted against re­vok­ing the 2015 res­o­lu­tion, while 24 coun­cil­lors for it, 13 ab­stained and five were ab­sent from the chaotic ind­aba.

Philip Chiyangwa

Norman Mapeza Lloyd Chitem­bwe Erol Ak­bay

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