Gumede defiant

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Ray­mond Jar­avaza

HIGH­LANDERS’ chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Ndu­miso Gumede re­mained defiant yes­ter­day, in­sist­ing he was a Bosso em­ployee and Zifa couldn’t kick him out of foot­ball as he was not sec­onded to the Bu­l­awayo gi­ants by the na­tional as­so­ci­a­tion.

Zifa made a shock­ing an­nounce­ment on Mon­day say­ing Gumede had been sus­pended from lo­cal foot­ball for al­legedly vi­o­lat­ing do­mes­tic foot­ball’s gov­ern­ing body rules and reg­u­la­tions.

Gumede also stands ac­cused of writ­ing to the Fifa re­gional rep­re­sen­ta­tive Arch­ford Mamelodi “ped­dling false­hoods” against and seek­ing to have the Zifa ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee led by Philip Chiyangwa dis­solved.

Gumede was sus­pended to­gether with Bosso chair­man Peter Dube, who was charged with caus­ing may­hem, in­cite­ment and at­tend­ing a Zifa Assem­bly meet­ing as a High­landers’ rep­re­sen­ta­tive, among oth­ers.

“I have not re­ceived a let­ter of sus­pen­sion which un­der nor­mal cir­cum­stances should come via my em­ployer, in this case High­landers FC. I was em­ployed by High­landers and not sec­onded to the club by Zifa, so they can­not ban or sus­pend me. I’m em­ployed by the club and if it hap­pens that my con­tract is ter­mi­nated then some­one will have to pay me some­thing, a to­ken of ap­pre­ci­a­tion,” said Gumede at the club’s weekly Press con­fer­ence yes­ter­day.

Gumede and Dube had still not been served with of­fi­cial sus­pen­sion let­ters by yes­ter­day af­ter­noon.

“Surely there is some­thing wrong when peo­ple are fired through so­cial me­dia. Such de­ci­sions are typ­i­cal of kan­ga­roo courts where things are done with­out fol­low­ing due pro­ce­dure,” Gumede said. The vet­eran foot­ball ad­min­is­tra­tor said he had no re­grets about writ­ing to Fifa high­light­ing the state of foot­ball in the coun­try. He said he sleeps peace­fully at night know­ing that he was fight­ing for the plight of for­mer Zifa work­ers that have not been paid in years and run the risk of never get­ting their dues.

“Re­mem­ber I was once an em­ployee of Zifa, so I have kept in touch with some for­mer em­ploy­ees, a ma­jor­ity of whom are based in Harare. The work­ers got to­gether and com­piled a doc­u­ment and then won­dered who could best rep­re­sent their in­ter­ests and they came up with the name Gumede. I obliged to carry their torch and I do not re­gret that de­ci­sion.

“I think Fifa will sooner rather than later re­spond to these mat­ters. Fifa chose to lis­ten to me maybe be­cause I serve in the Fifa In­ter­pol match-fix­ing com­mit­tee and I’m still in their books,” Gumede said. — @ Ray­mondJar­avaza

Ndu­miso Gumede

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