Cuthbert Dube gets Fifa support

WORLD football mother body Fifa has warned the country of a possible ban from all football activities if the government goes ahead with its plan to dissolve the Zifa board.

HENRY MHARA
SPORTS REPORTER

The warning came on Saturday, some few days after Sports deputy minister Tabetha Kanengoni-Malinga called for the immediate ouster of Zifa president Cuthbert Dube for gross incompetence.

Speaking during a Parliament question-and-answer session on Wednesday, Kanengoni-Malinga said football stakeholders who voted Dube into office should rescind their decision because he had failed the local game.

However, in a letter addressed to Dube, and availed to NewsDay, Fifa regarded Kanengoni-Malinga’s threats as direct political interference by government in Zifa’s affairs and strongly warned of the country’s possible ban should the meddling continue.

Dated January 30, the letter written by Fifa secretary-general Jerome Valcke and copied to Caf, read: “We have learnt from media reports that Zimbabwe authorities have supposedly discussed a possibility to disband the board of the Zifa. Should the allegations prove to be true, we should like to remind you that according to Articles 13 and 17 of the Fifa statutes, Zifa has to manage its affairs independently and with no influence by any third parties.

“Failure to do so would be considered as a violation of the Fifa statutes and Zifa would be subject to sanctions, including a suspension. In addition, the suspension would only be lifted once the status quo has been restored.

“Lastly, a suspension would mean that all Fifa member associates will not entertain any sporting contact with Zifa and that Zifa would not benefit from any programme or financial assistance from Fifa and Caf.

“We thank you to inform the interested parties accordingly and to provide us with a report on the situation as soon as possible.”

Kanengoni-Malinga has, however, said the country had reached a point where it was prepared to bear the brunt of a possible Fifa sanction in an effort to save the game which has sunk into murky waters. The Warriors have failed to qualify for three successive Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) finals and the 2014 World Cup during Dube’s reign while the Mighty Warriors’ preparations for both the 2016 Rio Olympics and the 2015 All-Africa Games are in limbo.

Dube has of late been under pressure from various stakeholders to step down.The calls reached a crescendo on Wednesday when Kanengoni-Malinga joined the fray, calling for Dube’s immediate ouster.

Kanengoni’s utterances forced the Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC), the country’s supreme sports body, to spring into action, and on Saturday, the same day the letter from Fifa arrived, arraigned Dube and his entire board to a meeting to discuss the problems affecting the local game.

Speaking to NewsDay Sport yesterday, SRC board chairman Edward Siwela, while confirming that some calls for Dube to step down were genuine, said dissolving the Zifa board especially by the government, should be the “last resort”.

Siwela reckoned that some of the problems bedeviling Zifa at the moment were beyond any individual’s adequacies.

“We had our meeting with a full Zifa board where we wanted to verify the status of football in the country at the moment. Some of the issues we wanted to know are to do with governance, the state of the national team and finding various challenges that they are facing,” Siwela said.

“We wanted to know if they had a strategic plan to fund themselves in relation to the mobilisation of funds for the running of the association. They have said they will present us with their strategic plan from which we will institute a commission of inquiry to investigate. We will then make our recommendations to the ministry and hope that it gets considered.”

“But from our meeting, they were saying that their problems are to do with lack of funding, which is a valid point to be honest. We know the state of affairs in the country at the moment, the status of our economy and we should not look at their situation outside that. But we see that some of its affiliates like the Premier Soccer League are doing well in that regard so our advice to Zifa is that they need to do more especially in their planning and improve on their corporate governance.”

Added Siwela: “However, we don’t think that calling for the dissolution of the board is the best option. If we have problems with our bodies I think dissolution should be the last resort. We should let the structures do their part. They should vote them out and put in a new leadership that they think is possible. They are the best people to do that. That self-regulatory part should be the first option.”

14 Comments

  1. Why not arrest him for the PSMAS offences resulting from salarygate and lock him for 3 years then we see how Fifa will intervene. Fifa cannot tell a country that some institutions are independent of the country’s laws, is that not interference on their part, are they not indirectly running a part of the citizens of a sovereign country? I tell you if Cashbert is in the Gamatox corner he will soon be history unless he is part of the Weevils.

    1. Every other country is governed by the same law. If you want to remain in that organisation them those rules and regulations apply. Its a contract, you are in or out.Democracy means everyone is governed by the same law and equal to the next person.

    2. taikuudzayi kuti munhu wamunovhotera uyu!!!!!!!!! Imi takarasima nekuda masese. mukaqngotengerwa masese matotaika brain, kukanganwa kuti Cuthbert haana zvaanoziva nezve bhora. Harare City chairman Leslie Gwindi and former Zifa boss Trevor Carelse-Juul contested and prior to elections, it seems as though all was set for Juul to win. TVs, Radios, Newspapers, etc the cards favoured Juul to win, but come the fateful day, kkkkkkk it was Cuthbert who won, kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk

  2. Funny how our government has been mourning about Western imposed “sanctions” and they are now inviting the same to their doorstep!! Are they not evil sanctions??

  3. We are already as good as banned, football sanctions are not worse than what we are facing. Any way what do you expect from an institution run by Joseph Sepp Blatter he has been there for over 30 years.

  4. Zimbabwean soccer is dead. Whether we are banned or not does not make a difference. Corruption, including match fixing became the order of day since the days of Henrietta. We need a fresh start now without mafia bosses like Cuthbert.

  5. FIFA blah blah blah…you don’t know us…we are a sovereign state hatitye sanctions. We are out of Commonwealth wani. So FIFA please sort out your mess at ZIFA quickly otherwise we will fire you ne ZIFA yacho mese.

  6. What FIFA doesn’t know is that Zim doesn’t respect or abide by any law, especially where commotion puts it on the headlines. What Zim doesn’t calculate is the effects of their ignorance to the same laws that govern everyone else. They will woke up only when they find themselves without a soccer ball and then find someone to accuse and ask for donors, donors is what zim campaigns for, not hard work,everything should be on a silver plater even the world cup, if all teams withdraw Zim will show up and celebrate the win. If other teams compete Zim will cry of lack of international exposure and bad officiating or withdraw to fix FIFA. WHO SUFFERS?

  7. But I still have sooo many unanswered questions regarding this somewhat stupid about government interference blah bla blah. I think it’s a very funny statute. How so when gvts have ministries of sports, sports commissions and such stuff. How do you draw a line between government and national game? All sounds very crooked at law. Hel me understand this balderdash…

    1. government and politicians can kill soccer, mhoti havadewo kuona paita vanhuka. munozoona mavekuitwa ma public addresses soon before the game,
      The do so because football is where people of different political parties can support one team but different parties. The rulind party may use the crowd for their advantage Gunguwo. So they would say let football be run by non politicians and according to the will of the owners of the game. you and me. GUNGUWO

  8. taikuudzayi kuti munhu wamunovhotera uyu!!!!!!!!! Imi takarasima nekuda masese. mukaqngotengerwa masese matotaika brain, kukanganwa kuti Cuthbert haana zvaanoziva nezve bhora. Harare City chairman Leslie Gwindi and former Zifa boss Trevor Carelse-Juul contested and prior to elections, it seems as though all was set for Juul to win. TVs, Radios, Newspapers, etc the cards favoured Juul to win, but come the fateful day, kkkkkkk it was Cuthbert who won, kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk

  9. Hanzi Cuthbert ane mari, i gathered that Cuthbert used his own moneys for warriors what what what, There is nothing like personal funds in a public organization but instead he should donate and then the money should recored as ZIFAs own money if donated and we should not hear any name, this is vote buying. the owners of the game should not allow such things to happen. zifa should be run by its own funds if run properly. Budgets are done, teams pay affiliations, gate takings are collected, donations received. So how does it get broke if Rufaro or NSS gets full, if all clubs paid affiliation, finds collected.

  10. Cashberth uyu imbavha,

  11. Let them ban us. Chero Cashbert aenda chete! Izvezvi we are watching afcon instead of participating because of this fool.

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