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Dube, Gumede in Caf committees

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ZIFA president Cuthbert Dube and his deputy Ndumiso Gumede have been appointed to the Confederation of African Football (Caf) Under-20 Championships and Appeals Board committees respectively.

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The appointments were confirmed by the continental football governing body yesterday, giving the two Zimbabweans positions on the rather less influential standing committees for the 2013-2015 cycles.

Dube’s committee is headed by Amadou Diakite of Mali, who is deputised by Constant Omari Selemani of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Adam Mthethwa of Swaziland is the only other member from the Cosafa region on the committee which has 14 members.

In the Appeals Board, Gumede-the only from the Cosafa region, will sit with 11 other members to hear cases that will have been handled by the Caf Disciplinary Board which is chaired by South African Raymond Hack.

Cosafa chief operating officer Sue Destombes is the zonal representative of the consultative committee for national associations while the likes of medical practitioner Nick Munyonga — a long-time Warriors doctor — have been ignored on the medical committee.

Joseph Kabungo of Zambia and Botswana national Baboletse Basadi Akoonyatse also sit on the medical committee.

Namibian John Muinjo is the region’s representative in the referees committee, although his country does not have teams that participate in the Caf inter-club competitions — the Champions League and the Confederation Cup — and have only qualified for the African Cup of Nations once.

Long-serving Caf president Issa Hayatou chairs the crucial emergency committee, organising committee for Afcon, inter-clubs competitions and consultative committee for national associations. Vice-president of Caf Suketu Patel is in charge of finances and also heads the technical and development committee.

Hani Abo Rida of Egypt,Hayatou’s rival Jacques Anouma of the Ivory Coast and Burundian Lydia Nsekera are the three members of Fifa who sit on the 19-member Caf executive committee that will run the affairs of continental football for the next three years.

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