ZIFA bosses in court

By Fungai Jachi

FIVE suspended Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) executive Clcommittee members, including president Felton Kamambo, appeared in court this Monday facing charges of fraud.

Allegations are that the accused, who were all suspended by the Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) in November last year for incompetence and misappropriation of funds, allegedly conducted official ZIFA business by suspending ZIFA congressmen.

The court heard that they used ZIFA’s letterhead to write suspension letters to nine congressmen.

It is alleged that as a result of the accused persons’ actions, the ZIFA congressmen are now incapacitated and unable to execute their tasks on behalf of ZIFA.

Further allegations are that the actions of the accused persons affected football clubs in the country, particularly those in the Premier Soccer League and football in general.

The accused allegedly prejudiced ZIFA of good administration.

Kamambo, Machana and Chapeta were freed on ZW$100 000 bail and ordered to reside at given addresses, report once every week, not to act or purport to act as ZIFA officials in any capacity and not to visit ZIFA offices until the matter is finalised.

Mamutse and Malandule were given free bail as they came straight from home to court after being summoned by police to attend court this Monday, hence issues of bail did not arise.

The five will be back in court on the 31st of next month.