A three-man committee hearing the case of suspended Zifa chief executive officer Henrietta Rushwaya will make a determination next Wednesday after her legal team raised issues when proceedings opened on Monday.
Rushwaya is represented by Harare lawyer Selby Hwacha while Ralph Maganga is standing in for Zifa.
Said Maganga yesterday: “A ruling will be made next Wednesday after preliminary issues were raised when the hearing began yesterday (Monday). That is the position for now.”
Rushwaya’s lawyers are challenging the constitutionality of their client’s continued stay on suspension on the technicality that she has completed more than 30 days on the sidelines.
The hearing has been postponed twice.
Custom Kachambwa is chairing the panel, which includes Public Services Association independent arbitrator Nasho Wilson and Harare lawyer Vimbai Nyemba.
Charges against Rushwaya include allegations that she failed to account for $103 000 she borrowed from the Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) on behalf of Zifa.
It is alleged that Rushwaya failed to notify her board of the loan and that the SRC are now pressing Zifa for repayment of the amount.
Documents in the possession of NewsDay, however, show that the money was collected by four clubs — Dynamos, Caps United, Lengthens and Gunners — in March this year.
Dynamos received $10 000, Caps United $10 500, Gunners $26 000 and Lengthens $28 750, respectively, for assistance during their CAF club assignments.
Dynamos needed the money for their FC Lupopo game while Caps United were travelling to South Africa for a game against Moroka Swallows.
Lengthens were headed to Tanzania while Gunners were also on the road in their maiden Champions League appearance.
Rushwaya is also being accused of “facilitating and/or allowing the Zimbabwe senior soccer team to travel to Malaysia on a trip that had not been approved by either the Zifa board or the Sports and Recreation Commission”.
Rushwaya also stands accused of entering into an agreement with match agents Kentaro AG, a company based in Switzerland, without authority from the Zifa board.
Kentaro were involved in bringing Brazil to Harare for a high-profile international friendly match against the Warriors at the National Sports Stadium in May.
The Swiss agents are now suing Zifa for $650 000 from the gate-takings for that match.
On Friday, the SRC is also expecting to get a detailed report on the trip to Malaysia, which would take an interesting turn following weekend reports that a ministerial letter purporting to have cleared the trip was fake.