Chiyangwa know your role

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Bon­gani Ndlovu Sport Cor­re­spon­dent

BEWARE High­landers! The na­tional foot­ball gov­ern­ing body, Zifa is gun­ning for your play­ers since your gal­lant draw against Zifa’s favourites, Dy­namos. Ac­cord­ing to Zifa president Philip Chiyangwa’s in­ter­view with a lo­cal daily, the na­tional a s s o c i a t ion is gun­ning for Bosso play­ers for “pro­vok­ing” DeMbare’s Cameroo­nian striker Chris­tian Epoupa Ntouba

So in­censed with the re­sult was Zifa president Chiyangwa that he de­cided dur­ing the match that the straight red card shown to on-fire Ntouba would not stand be­cause the ref­eree Arnold Ncube from Masvingo was “poor”.

Bosso had gone into Sun­day’s game hav­ing lost four games in a row and DeMbare were ex­pected to make mince meat of their eter­nal ri­vals.

Un­for­tu­nately Bosso were de­nied a gen­uine 52nd minute penalty that would have seen them shak­ing the form book to emerge with max­i­mum points.

Strange that the Zifa president would per­son­ally in­volve him­self in de­cid­ing the out­come of a match when he should at least try to be im­par­tial. Just where is our foot­ball headed? Chiyangwa highly mis­con­strues his so-called flam­boy­ancy into good­ness and mercy for lo­cal foot­ball and if he’s not stopped, our game will sink deeper into obliv­ion.

First things first! Why is Chiyangwa chair­ing the ref­er­ees’ com­mit­tee in the first place when he knows noth­ing at all about match of­fi­ci­at­ing?

It’s an anom­aly on its own for the president of an as­so­ci­a­tion to chair a sub-com­mit­tee and that it pre­vails at Zifa is tes­ta­ment to the poverty of gover­nance at the na­tional as­so­ci­a­tion.

The president of Zifa must be be­yond re­proach and not re­duce him­self to a diehard sup­porter’s level of unashamedly dis­play­ing his bias in a game he should never have in­volved him­self in, in the first place.

We de­mand a ref­er­ees’ com­mit­tee com­pris­ing re­tired ref­er­ees that un­der­stand and have ex­pe­ri­ence of han­dling pro­fes­sional games.

This is a highly tech­ni­cal com­mit­tee that a lay­man like Chiyangwa have no busi­ness in.

Dy­namos have been play­ing good foot­ball lately and the overzeal­ous­ness of Chiyangwa is dan­ger­ously mak­ing non­sense of the Glam­our Boys’ per­for­mances.

Chiyangwa doesn’t seem to un­der­stand the ba­sics of foot­ball tenets.

Even if the ref­er­ees’ com­mit­tee were prop­erly con­sti­tuted, it has no power to re­scind ref­er­ees’ de­ci­sions. That part ought to be left to an in­de­pen­dent panel. The com­mit­tee sim­ply re­views per­for­mances of ref­er­ees and spear­heads their de­vel­op­ment and can’t be al­lowed to op­er­ate as prose­cu­tor, jury and judge.

Re­view­ing of match of­fi­cials’ de­ci­sions can’t hold in Zim­babwe be­cause not all matches are broad­cast, recorded or watched by Chiyangwa. For ex­am­ple, Chiyangwa watched the Bosso and DeMbare game; what about the other two games that he did not watch or were not recorded or broad­cast?

We are sure there were lots of con­tro­ver­sies, prob­a­bly worse than the Epoupa’s stupid re­tal­i­a­tion.

Rev­er­sal of ref­er­ees’ de­ci­sions should only be per­mit­ted where all matches are recorded or broad­cast so that a re­view panel uses video ev­i­dence to come to a fair con­clu­sion.

With­out a broad­cast­ing deal that in­volves at least the record­ing of all matches, no rev­er­sal of ref­er­ees’ de­ci­sions should be al­lowed be­cause it dis­ad­van­tages other teams.

We thus back the PSL’s stance that Epoupa’s ban stands and dis­miss Chiyangwa’s pro­nounce­ment on the is­sue as a mere sup­porter’s wish.

Dy­namos chair­man Kenny Mubaiwa chairs the PSL emer­gency com­mit­tee and should know the rules bet­ter, un­less he is try­ing to prove to us that he’s com­pletely ig­no­rant of the rules and reg­u­la­tions of the league.

The so-called DeMbare protest let­ter by all in­tents and pur­poses is just per­sonal com­mu­ni­ca­tion to Chiyangwa.

Chiyangwa should have di­rected a lost Dy­namos to the PSL for re­course.

The man can dis­play his bravado and it might pre­vail at the end of the day, but that will never make it right.

Zim­bab­wean foot­ball will con­tinue to wal­low in the muddy wa­ters of con­fu­sion with the likes of Chiyangwa and his dis­ci­ples in charge of the “beau­ti­ful game”.

It’s high time some­one stood up to Chiyangwa and told him to please leave our foot­ball alone.

Chiyangwa must choose be­tween run­ning Zim­bab­wean foot­ball ef­fi­ciently or en­sure that Dy­namos wins every match as he’s try­ing to do. It’s sad when a foot­ball as­so­ci­a­tion president threat­ens play­ers of a foot­ball team.

Chiyangwa must leave High­landers to solve its own prob­lems and not seek to im­pose his blind so­lu­tions on uMan­teng­wane.

Philip Chiyangwa

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