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Chiredzi in the dock


ADMINSTRATION boobs could jeopardise Castle Lager Premiership football side Chiredzi FC’s chances of survival in the elite league.


The Chiredzi outfit continues to stagger from one crisis to the other — a clear indication of organised disorder — a lack of meticulous planning on the part of the executive mandated to run the affairs of the team.

Some executive members are reported to have abandoned ship following the team’s failure to fulfil last weekend’s fixture against Chapungu at Ascot Stadium after arriving at the match venue late with incomplete kit and also without licences. The match was eventually abandoned.

The Saturday boob exposed the incompetence of the club executive and to make matters worse, by Monday, they had not submitted their report to the Premier Soccer League (PSL) on what had transpired.

On the other end, the match commissioner, the referee and Chapungu had submitted their reports by Monday.

Chiredzi FC submitted their report to the PSL late in the afternoon yesterday after they had been given a 4pm deadline to do so.

PSL chief executive Kenny Ndebele acknowledged receipt of the report. “We received their report today [yesterday]. They are saying they had a breakdown so we are taking the matter to the Disciplinary Committee (DC) which will then make a decision. We have the match commissioner’s report and the referee’s report,” Ndebele said.

The club’s management is now under fire in the Lowveld as most of them no longer attend the team’s home matches.

The club, still at the foot of the table where they are battling for survival with a paltry 14 points, could also lose all three points to their opponents Chapungu and be slapped with a fine if they don’t have a valid reason for failure to fulfil the match.

The PSL Standing Orders, Offences and Fines state that if a team fails to fulfil a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League fixture without a valid reason, three points are awarded to the opposing team on a 3-0 scoreline and a fine of $1 250 shall be imposed.

Of late, the treasurer of the team, Norman Sharara, is the only member who has been attending their matches and in their last match at home against Shabanie, he arrived after the match.

Against Shabanie Mine, another administration shortcoming was exposed as there were no security details for the match, but team manager Energy Zava hastily arranged for the police and that saw the kick-off delayed by more than 20 minutes.

Observers have laid the blame on the executive, accusing it of incompetence resulting from lack of planning.

“The side’s executive is not organised and l believe they have abandoned the team. It seems they are pre-occupied
elsewhere. They are no longer coming to our matches at home, only Sharara is coming to the matches,” said one observer who asked not to be named.

“Only Zava and Ntini are now running the show at the club. But the two who are friends are now being blamed for the Saturday’s boob. The two said they had a breakdown, but they are not fully explaining what happened,” another source added.

“The club’s chairman Charles Muchatukwa could have quit his position because it is now difficult to see him these days. He is believed to be tired of forking out his own resources to sponsor the financially-struggling side.”

Muchatukwa and secretary-general Reason Dube were not reachable for comment yesterday.

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