Hardbody shock: Chingarah had no ITC

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Tatenda Chingarah the player in dispute between Castle Lager Premier Soccer League (PSL) aspirants Hardbody and Tripple B had no reverse international clearance certificate (ITC) when he arrived from Namibia, NewsDay Sport can exclusively reveal today.

With Hardbody having been given the PSL slot and Tripple B appealing against that, it seems the decision to dock 42 points off the Gweru-based side by a Central Region disciplinary committee was correct after all.

And issues raised by Tripple B with regards to the appeal process, procedures and composition of the appeals committee can only show they knew they would never get justice.

And justice they were seemingly denied last week when the appeals committee reinstated Hardbodys 42 points and a slot in the PSL. But yesterdays confirmation by Zifa shows there are no records from the national association that show Chingarah was properly registered when he returned home.

In their letter of complaint, Tripple B wrote: Be advised that Tatenda Chingara was in 2007 given an international clearance from Zimbabwe to go and play for Blue Waters Football Club in Namibia.

In mid 2008, he was signed by SKW (Sport Klub Windhoek) and played until late 2009 hence he picked a career-threatening injury and was in plaster and decided to return home without a reverse clearance, wrote Tripple B president Edward Kanyangu.

In 2011, he was signed by Hardbody Football Club and registered him with your office without adequate documentation and has featured in almost 15 games for them including the recent game against FC Glow when he came in as a second-half substitute.

The documents used to register Chingarah are said to have blatant anomalies with fake signatures and the issue has sucked in the now defunct Big Valley Maters, a club Chingarah turned out for in 2010.

Summons that Hardbody were served with alleged the club to have wrongfully and unlawfully in line with section 4,9,2 of the Zifa Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players allowed their secretary (Raymond Mugandani) to register Tatenda Chingarah without a reverse clearance.

At one stage, Zifa said they had no records of Chingarah getting a clearance to play in Namibia, but during an appeal hearing in Harare, those documents suddenly appeared.

Timothy Mazhindu, who does the new player matching system at Zifa, used according to Tripple B his personal email to get Chingarahs documents from Namibia, yet Zifa has its own communication system.

NewsDay Sport confirmed yesterday Chingarah, wearing jersey number nine, played for SKW 14 times in 2009 . He scored twice and had two assists when he started 12 games and came in as a substitute twice. He was taken off three times and completed nine games. In all he played 1 116 minutes.

Yesterday, NewsDay Sport also inquired into whether Chingarah had received a reverse clearance when he came back from Namibia and this was the answer from Zifa communications manager Nicky Dhlamini: No reverse ITC.

In the second case, Harare City are alleged to have used an illegally registered Webster Muronda in six matches and thus lost 18 points, meaning DStv are now part of the PSL family although an appeal was filed yesterday.

A recent report in Switzerland is a case in point. FC Sion were docked 36 points by the Swiss Football Association for fielding ineligible players.

The club had been adjudged to have fielded six ineligible players signed during a transfer embargo.

Sion fielded five of the six players during the Europa League play-off tie against Celtic and were kicked out of the Uefa competition as a result, but had not hitherto been punished by their national football association.

The Swiss side has now been docked three points for each of the 12 league and cup matches in which one or more of the six ineligible players appeared. So as things stand, it can only be logical if Tripple B and DStv play in the PSL this season.