Suspended ZIFA board suspends employees and councillors

By Lawrence Trusida

THE local football circus continues unabated after the suspended ZIFA board announced the suspension of 27 councillors over various allegations.

In what is slowly turning out to be a circus, suspended ZIFA Chief executive officer, Joseph Mamutse dispatched letters of suspension to 27 councillors and other local football administrators including the Chairmen of the two biggest football clubs in the country.

Mamutse was suspended by the Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) two years ago on allegations of sending the national team on foreign assignments without SRC’s approval.

The SRC went on further to suspend the board in November last year on several allegations before taking charge of the Warriors’ AFCON campaign with the assistance of the ZIFA secretariat.

However, in a new development, the suspended board which was supposed to be reinstated on the 3RD of January on FIFA’s orders has gone on to suspend the Councillors who were behind the Extra-Ordinary Congress which was blocked by the World Football Governing body.

Information gathered before the Congress which was scheduled for last weekend indicated the Councillors wanted to revoke the mandate of the suspended ZIFA board.

The suspended officials include PSL Chief Executive Officer Kenny Ndebele, ZIFA competitions and communication manager Xolisani Gwesela who was the acting Head of Secretariat, National Teams General Manager Wellington Mpandare and ZIFA Northern Region Secretary-General Sweeny Mushonga.

The officials are among other charges accused of allegedly holding one or several meetings with the country’s supreme sports body, the SRC.

Mpandare is accused of ‘taking unlawful instructions from third parties and causing divisions within the Zifa executive committee.

Kenny Ndebele stands accused of plotting with PSL governors to ‘overthrow a constitutionally elected Zifa executive committee’.

Highlanders chairman Johnfat Sibanda and his Dynamos counterpart Isaiah Mupfurutsa are among those who have been suspended.

In total, 27 councillors have been ostensibly suspended while the number of officials who have been served with letters is still to be ascertained.

The big question though is how the suspended board is suspending the ZIFA Councillors given that the Executive Committee has not been reinstated by the SRC.