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27/06/2015 00:00:00
by Sports Reporter
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THE Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) has set up a four-member commission to investigate the problems bedevilling Zifa.

The high powered commission, comprising Obadiah Moyo, Farai Kanyangarara, Mirriam Mushayi and Jessie Nyakatawa will report back by July 31 after which final resolutions on the way forward will be made.

This follows a tumultuous four weeks in which Zifa president Cuthbert Dube and two board members Tawengwa Hara and Fungai Chihuri were axed by a group of councillors on May 16 before Fifa overturned the decision.

But Dube hit back on June 16 and suspended his vice-president Omega Sibanda, regional chairpersons Musa Mandaza (Southern), Piraishe Mabhena (Eastern), Felton Kamambo (Central) and Willard Manyengavana (Northern) and board member finance Bernard Gwarada.

Also suspended were Northern Region secretary general Sweeney Mushonga and Matabeleland North provincial chairman Denis Tshuma while women football boss Miriam Sibanda had met her fate three months earlier from the women football affiliates.

SRC director general Charles Nhemachena, in a statement Friday, said while the commission of inquiry was going on, all stakeholders must make sure that the Warriors, Youth Warriors and Mighty Warriors fulfil their various international assignments.

Nhemachena has already informed Fifa of the probe and sources said Fifa had given it the thumbs up to avoid a world ban if Zifa was dissolved by the government.

“As a follow-up to the statement made on 16 June 2015, the Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) would like to advise that it has resolved to institute a formal inquiry into the challenges that our football is facing,” said Nhemachena.

“To this end, the SRC Board has appointed the following Commissioners to constitute the Committee of Inquiry into the State and Administration of Football: Obadiah Moyo, Farai Kanyangarara, Mirriam Mushayi and Jessie Nyakatawa.

“FIFA has been advised on this development and we hope that they will embrace it as a positive initiative that will address issues of mutual concern as discussed during their visit to Zimbabwe on 11 and 12 May 2015.

“The committee is expected to obtain oral and written evidence from various stakeholders and it will publicize its consultation programme as a matter of priority. Meanwhile the commission will continue to engage Zifa and other stakeholders with a view to ensuring
that ongoing national team commitments are fulfilled.”


The SRC boss added: “The Committee is mandated to obtain evidence in respect of governance, strategic and operational issues with a view to recommending specific interventions required to arrest the decline in our football and get it back on a development trajectory.

“The Committee is expected to submit its report by 31 July 2015 after which the full SRC Board will decide on the Committee’s recommendations.

“The Commission is convinced that this evidence based approach to decision-making will assist in finding sustainable solutions to the current problems in football.”

Zimbabwe face the Comoros in the preliminary round, second leg of the African Nations Championships (Chan) next Saturday after winning the 2-0 at Rufaro.

The Warriors also beat Malawi 2-1 in the opening match of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers two weeks back.

Meanwhile, the Young Warriors have qualified for the All Africa Games in Congo-Brazzaville in September while they play South Africa in the final qualifying round of the Under 23 Championships in July.

The women’s national team, the Mighty Warriors are in the second round of the Olympic qualifiers.

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