The Herald (Zimbabwe)

Gamecocks chairman quits

- Paul Mundandi Sports Reporter

CHICKEN Inn chairman Lifa Ncube has quit his post with the club amid a growing fallout within the Premiershi­p over their boardroom battle with ZIFA.

Some hawks within the top-flight league, who include Triangle chairman Lovemore Matikinyid­ze, have been pushing for a showdown with ZIFA by pressing that their dispute with the Associatio­n should be heard by the Court for Arbitratio­n for Sport in Switzerlan­d.

The majority of the top-flight league’s clubs, led by powerhouse­s Dynamos, CAPS United, Highlander­s and FC Platinum, have been calling for the withdrawal of the case from CAS.

Ncube and Matikinyid­ze were the two leaders who signed a document author- ising the PSL to release $17 000 to pay to CAS for their case to be heard.

DeMbare president, Kenny Mubaiwa, refused to sign the document.

The document was signed on January 8 but it is unclear how Ncube, who is in Mauritius, signed the letter.

“It is with a heavy heart that I write to inform you of my decision to resign from being the chairman of Chicken Inn Football Club with effect from the 31st of January 2017,” Ncube said.

“Other commitment­s have arisen that hinder me from committing myself fully to this post. I feel it is imperative for me to step down for someone with more time and energy to devote to the position.

“I take this opportunit­y to thank my fellow executive committee members, coaches and players, fans and the directors of Simbisa Brands Limited, for the co-operation extended to me during my twelve years as the Gamecocks chairman.

“I take this opportunit­y to wish Chicken Inn Football Club every success in its future endeavors.”

Ncube guided Chicken Inn to the league title in 2015.

“I am travelling a lot and as I speak I am in Mauritius and I will be here for a while working. I feel we need someone who will be available every time

“It’s not about the relegation and promotion issue.

“I never signed a document for the release of $17000. I have been out of Zimbabwe and I am not even in the picture of what is happening. Talk to Kenny (Mubaiwa) and if he is not around talk to (PSL chief excutive) Kenny (Ndebele).”

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