A Zifa Emergency Board Committee meets in Harare today to discuss the fate of Warriors coach Rahman Gumbo and three other issues, including the review of the doomed 2013 African Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifying campaign.
REPORT BY TAWANDA TAFIRENYIKA SPORTS CORRESPONDENT
The Emergency Board Committee, which meets in between board meetings, comprises Zifa president Cuthbert Dube, first vice-president Ndumiso Gumede, board member (finance) Eliot Kasu, board member (marketing) Nigel Munyati and board member (competitions) Benedict Moyo.
Rahman Gumbo and his assistants David Mandigora and Peter Ndlovu were asked to submit a report on the whole campaign starting with the Burundi game.
And yesterday, a Zifa high-performance technical team met in the capital to conduct an in-depth analysis of the report submitted by the technical team ahead of today’s meeting.
The high-performance technical team, headed by board member (competitions) Benedict Moyo includes technical advisor Klaus Dieter Pagels, technical director Nelson Matongorere, Gibson Homela and Aces Academy director Mark Duvillard.
The Warriors squandered a 3-1 lead from the first leg in Harare and lost 0-2 in Angola to crash out of the 2013 Afcon finals to be staged in South Africa next year.
Gumbo and his assistants have been roundly criticised by fans and other football stakeholders for the failed campaign.
Zifa chief executive officer Jonathan Mashingaidze said yesterday: “Basically, there are four items to be discussed by the Zifa board emergency committee. There is the review of the 2013 African Cup of Nations qualifying campaign, the Asiagate scandal, the strategic retreat and the Zifa Assembly extraordinary meeting to be held end of November.”
On Wednesday, Zifa appointed a special appeals committee to hear cases of those officials and players sanctioned for alleged roles in the Asiagate match-fixing scandal.
The appeal fee has been set at $6 000.