Zifa sus­pend Dube, Gumede

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Ricky Zililo

THE High­landers FC hi­er­ar­chy will hold an ur­gent meet­ing to­day af­ter the club was plunged into a lead­er­ship cri­sis by Zifa’s move to sus­pend chair­man Peter Dube and chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Ndu­miso Gumede on Mon­day night.

Dube, who is also the Pre­mier Soc­cer League (PSL) chair­man, is the first ca­su­alty in the rel­e­ga­tion and pro­mo­tion cir­cus presently en­velop­ing do­mes­tic foot­ball, while Gumede is pay­ing the price for ques­tion­ing the le­git­i­macy of the still­born Na­tional Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion of Zim­babwe (Nafaz).

Nafaz had been formed to re­place Zifa, but le­gal hur­dles threw span­ners into its stand­ing, re­sult­ing in its founders re­vert­ing to Zifa.

Zifa pres­i­dent Philip Chiyangwa made the shock an­nounce­ment on Mon­day night, say­ing both Dube and Gumede had sep­a­rately vi­o­lated sec­tions of the Zifa con­sti­tu­tion through al­leged acts of mis­con­duct. Their sus­pen­sions were ef­fec­tive Mon­day night.

High­landers’ board chair­man Mgcini Nkolomi said they had sched­uled a meet­ing af­ter which the club would make an of­fi­cial com­ment on the sus­pen­sions that threaten the sta­bil­ity of the Bu­l­awayo gi­ants.

“I haven’t been prop­erly briefed and we are meet­ing the guys to­mor­row (to­day) morn­ing so that we get a clear pic­ture. The club’s of­fi­cial com­ment will be known af­ter get­ting a proper briefing from the chair­man and CEO,” said Nkolomi.

Ac­cord­ing to Chiyangwa, Dube, who has been sus­pended from all foot­ball re­lated ac­tiv­i­ties, will face Zifa dis­ci­plinary ac­tion.

Zifa coun­cil­lors last month shockingly voted to rel­e­gate four teams in vi­o­la­tion of a stand­ing agree­ment to drop two at the end of the sea­son.

A 2015 agree­ment re­solved to drop two teams from the topflight and pro­mo­tional play-offs in­volv­ing win­ners of Zifa’s four re­gional leagues were to be held to de­ter­mine the two teams to fill up the PSL slots for the 2017 sea­son.

T h e at­tempt to re­scind the 2015 res­o­lu­tion to rel­e­gate two teams seemed to have trig­gered the lat­est fall­out be­tween Zifa and the PSL.

“The Zim­babwe Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion has pro­vi­sion­ally sus­pended Peter Dube and dis­ci­plinary pro­ceed­ings have been in­sti­tuted against the Pre­mier Soc­cer League Chair­man fol­low­ing his in­ap­pro­pri­ate con­duct dur­ing a Zifa congress on 29 Oc­to­ber 2016.

“Dube is charged for con­tra­ven­ing Ar­ti­cle 1.15 of Sched­ule 11 of the Zifa Rules and Reg­u­la­tions. On the 29th of Oc­to­ber 2106, Dube un­law­fully in­ter­rupted for­mal pro­ceed­ings dur­ing a Zifa congress and he fur­ther at­tempted to in­cite chaos by urg­ing Pre­mier Soc­cer League clubs’ rep­re­sen­ta­tives res­o­lu­tions. “Dube vi­o­lated Zifa reg­u­la­tions by fail­ing to re­strain him­self dur­ing the PSL pro­mo­tion/rel­e­ga­tion co­nun­drum and he also at­tended the meet­ing as a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of High­landers Foot­ball Club, wh i l e he is a Zifa ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee mem­ber,” read part of C h i y a n g w a’ s state­ment an­nounc­ing the sus­pen­sion. to de­nounce law­fully made There are fears the lat­est fall­out be­tween Zifa and the PSL could have se­ri­ous ram­i­fi­ca­tions for the do­mes­tic game. Gumede’s crime, ac­cord­ing to Chiyangwa, is that he wrote to world foot­ball gov­ern­ing body Fifa in sup­port of a bid by some dis­grun­tled mem­bers to over­throw the Chiyangwa-led board. “The Zim­babwe Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion has forth­with pro­vi­sion­ally sus­pended Ndu­miso Gumede from any role, po­si­tion or sta­tus in as­so­ci­a­tion foot­ball in Zim­babwe. “The Zifa ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee re­solved that in terms of Ar­ti­cle 34 (n) of the Zifa con­sti­tu­tion, Gumede has to im­me­di­ately re­lin­quish all as­so­ci­a­tions with foot­ball re­lated ac­tiv­i­ties as a re­sult of gross vi­o­la­tions of the Zifa con­sti­tu­tion and un­der­min­ing a con­sti­tu­tion­ally-elected lead­er­ship. “Gumede wrote a let­ter to the world foot­ball gov­ern­ing body (Fifa) ped­dling false­hoods about a le­git­i­mate foot­ball lead­er­ship, seek­ing to dis­solve a con­sti­tu­tion­ally-elected ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee. “Gumede fur­ther sought to desta­bilise smooth foot­ball ad­min­is­tra­tion by es­tab­lish­ing a bo­gus par­al­lel struc­ture which op­er­ated as a ‘Zifa Work­ing Com­mit­tee’ in a foiled at­tempt to seize con­trol of as­so­ci­a­tion foot­ball from Zifa. “In that ve in , G ume d e ceases to be a mem­ber of the global foot­ball fam­ily since he is now barred from rep­re­sent­ing or as­so­ci­at­ing him­self with Zifa or any of its mem­bers,” Chiyangwa said.

Ndu­miso Gumede Mgcini Nkolomi Peter Dube

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