Uriri savages Chiyangwa

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Cosafa president Philip Chiyangwa

… as PSL, Zifa war turns nasty

Caps United board chairperson, Lewis Uriri has hit back at Zifa president, Philip Chiyangwa following his suspension from football activities by the mother body, which he described as null and void.

BY TAWANDA TAFIRENYIKA

Caps United board chairperson Lewis Uriri
Caps United board chairperson Lewis Uriri

Uriri on Sunday launched a scathing attack on the organisation and Chiyangwa in his response to acting Zifa chief executive officer, Joseph Mamutse following the suspension.

Uriri savaged Chiyangwa, while also labelling Zifa “a demonic administration” and “a fascist regime” that had taken the game into “near abyss”.

“The decision you have communicated is illegitimate and immediately null and void without further ado. It is not a result of the legitimate exercise of administrative authority,” Uriri’s letter read. “It is, on the contrary, the culmination of a vindictive agenda, which has as its purpose the annihilation of the PSL and what it stands for. It is a furtherance of the entrenchment of a regime devoid of vision and strategy to emancipate Zimbabwe football from its present chains. This misdirected strategy of self-preservation abhors independent thinkers. It abhors intelligence. It has been used to hold Zifa institutions captive to the whims of a cartel, whose self-serving interests are inimical to the interests of football. You will agree with me that it is this kind of misdirection that has taken Zimbabwe football from the pit it was in on July 25, 2015, and tossed it into a near abyss.”

Uriri said the decision, which Zifa purports to be that of the executive committee was actually Chiyangwa’s. He said he will not contest for any post at the next congress, but would fight to the bitter end to bring Zifa back to its status before Chiyangwa was elected into office.

“You know, as well as I do, that the decision you purport to be one of the executive committee of Zifa is, in fact, one made exclusively by Chiyangwa. He attempted to call me on Friday afternoon. He then sent me an email. He, thereafter, called my president at Caps United on Friday and expressed the view that I was ‘fighting’ him and threatened to suspend me and/or Caps United. He once again called my president this afternoon (on Sunday) to state that he had intelligence to the effect that I was the brains behind the PSL initiative and he would suspend me to illustrate that he occupies a superior seat in football.

“Naturally, I will not submit to the illegitimate kangaroo processes of an administration, whose sole agenda is self-preservation at the expense of the national game. I will not be attending the next congress. Critically, I am aware of the rules of engagement: When one stops adhering to the rules common to the civilised world, one becomes a terrorist; and conventional civilised armies do not negotiate with terrorists!

“In short, I refuse to bow to the illegitimate dictates of a demonic administration. Doing so is like trying to appease an evil spirit. The more one does so, the more the foul spirit demands one’s soul, body and spirit. I refuse to sell my soul and integrity. Henceforth, and within the confines of the law, I will fight fire with fire, and thunder with thunder. Diplomacy has not worked, and as (19th century German statesman Otto von) Bismarck would say, great matters of the day will now have to be resolved by ‘blood and iron’ within the confines of the law. The battle lines are drawn.

“Ultimately, history is a fair judge and will vindicate those of us that have refused to stand by and watch the demise of the national game at the hands of a fascist administration, whose energies are misdirected at killing the game it ought to be promoting. There are still many others in congress who stand for what is right and just.

“They will for the time being continue the fight for the return of Zifa to its status prior to December 5, 2015, when at least there was room for independent thought, expression and independent decision-making.”

Uriri also claimed that there were no functional structures at Zifa and suggested that offices were being created for people who voted for Chiyangwa. He described Chiyangwa’s administration as a group of power-hungry individuals.

The Harare lawyer was suspended for allegedly having “breached provisions of Article 13 (a) and 31 (i) of the Zifa constitution by convening an unsanctioned meeting of Premier Soccer League (PSL) clubs on October 29”.

At the meeting, Uriri is accused of inciting club representatives to defy a decision on promotion and relegation passed by the Zifa Congress.

Uriri’s suspension comes hard on the heels of the banning of Highlanders chief executive officer, Ndumiso Gumede, as well as the suspension of PSL chairperson Peter Dube.

23 COMMENTS

  1. this chiyangwa guy now sucks. he is now fighting personal wars for individual glory at the expense of our beloved game.

    cry my beloved football.

  2. Well said advocate. I said it and I will repeat it. ” As long as suspicious characters who have the financial muscle are left to run our football, we will continue to see this nonsense” This is another reincarnation of another version of Cuthbert Dube. In Zambia,more than 200 delegates vote in the Football Association elections unlike here where you just need to pay 35 plus Councillors in order for one to secure a simple majority. No wonder why the likes Kalusha Bwalya despite what he did to Zambian soccer did not make it this time

  3. Well said advocate. I said it and I will repeat it. ” As long as suspicious characters who have the financial muscle are left to run our football, we will continue to see this nonsense” This is another reincarnation of another version of Cuthbert Dube. In Zambia,more than 200 delegates vote in the Football Association elections unlike here where you just need to pay 35 plus Councillors in order for one to secure a simple majority. No wonder why the likes Kalusha Bwalya despite what he did to Zambian soccer did not make it this time. We have football administrators in Zimbabwe who as soon as they get in to office they start purge other football persons who do not subscribe to their whims. They have no development plans for our beloved game.

  4. Chiyangwa only wants our football game to fall down. From the word go i knew the man was not more of a football leader but he only wanted to fail our football. How can he ban Mr Uriri from football when he is using his hard earned profits to make the game of football prosper. Am ashamed with Chiyangwa”s actions though am not a Caps Untied fan

  5. “…It is a furtherance of the entrenchment of a regime devoid of vision and strategy to emancipate ZIMBABWE from its present chains. This misdirected strategy of self-preservation abhors independent thinkers. It abhors intelligence. It has been used to hold ZIMBABWE captive to the whims of a cartel, whose self-serving interests are inimical to the interests of THE PEOPLE OF ZIMBABWE, and it is this kind of misdirection that has tossed ZIMBABWE into a near abyss.”

    “Naturally, we will not submit to the illegitimate kangaroo processes of a demonic administration, whose sole agenda is self-preservation at the expense of the nation. When one stops adhering to the rules common to the civilised world, one becomes a terrorist; and conventional civilised armies do not negotiate with terrorists!

    “In short, we refuse to bow to the illegitimate dictates of a demonic administration. Doing so is like trying to appease an evil spirit. The more one does so, the more the foul spirit demands one’s soul, body and spirit. We refuse to sell our souls and integrity. Henceforth, we will fight fire with fire, and thunder with thunder. Diplomacy has not worked, and as (19th century German statesman Otto von) Bismarck would say, great matters of the day will now have to be resolved by ‘blood and iron’. The battle lines are drawn.

    “Ultimately, history is a fair judge and will vindicate those of us that have refused to stand by and watch the demise of the Zimbabwe at the hands of a fascist administration, whose energies are misdirected at killing the society it ought to be protecting. We stand for what is right and just”.

  6. Philip Chiyangwa does not have the financial muscle s he claims he is nowhere near in the top 500 in Africa,When he came to be ZIFA Chief he only had that dubious Chivhayo to talk about.There is no sponsor who is prepared to come in to support soccer in Zimbabwe.I AM 100 % BEHIND ADVOCATE URIRI.LET US SAVE OUR GAME FROM TOTAL COLAPSE BY REMOVING THIS IDIOT,

  7. Chiyangwa ‘s mission was to loot from Zifa coffers and thats the primary reason why he paid those stupid councillors to vote for him.He thought Zifa was a cash cow and he wanted his own share of the milk but to his horror Zifa is stone broke,it has failed to pay millions that it owes to its debtors.Phidza is a crook and nothing more.Kwaakupedzera hasha dzekushaya chekuba mu Zifa kuvanhu vasina mhaka.Any one tainted with zanu pf is naturally corrupt but people like Chiyangwa are actually big time thieves who have amassed wealth through hook and crook.He should leave football and go back zanu pf.Pese paari anenge achitigaya kuti chii chaangabe.Kana nyadzi havana vanhu ve zanu pf.

  8. Minsitry of Sports should bring Chiyangwa to line.He has no reason to suspend my Bosso CEO.And Uriri suspension is not good for football.What offence did Peter Dube commit?

  9. TO ALL THOSE WHO VOTED FOR THIS SO CALLED DICTACTOR LOOK NOW WHERE OUR FOOTBALL IS GOING SANITY MUST PREVAIL NOW BEFORE OUR FOOTBALL IS DESTROYED

  10. Uriri must not jus rant and rave like this zimdef prof…..he should jus follow due process…..he is not the game but an individual and he should answer the allegations than try to undress phidza.

  11. HANZVADZI DZEDU (MIGHTY WORRIORS) NGADZIDZOKE KUMUSHA DZINGATOTADZA KUDZOKA KANA DURI IRI RIRI RICHIRIPO.MANJE LEGAL LANGUAGE YAVAKANYORERWA NA ADVOCATE ANOINZWA HERE HAMA DZANGU,DAI VEKWAEDZA VAMUBATSIRA.

  12. isnt it the same thing thats happening in politics,where a minister hounding the opposition mayors and councillors in some cities and towns?just thinking aloud.

  13. Chiyangwa is a fool bent on destroying CAPS United particularly. Uriri stick to your guns and do not be threatened by this football Mboko (Chiyangwa). He is there to loot and try to resuscitate his sunken companies. Tichamurova muStreet chete.

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