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ZIFA have thrown out a complaint by Masvingo United that Mutare City fielded their player on their way to winning the Easter Region championship claiming they (United) were the legitimate champions of the region.

Masvingo United charged that Mutare City had used their player- Tafadzwa Mkahlera - without clearance.

The former PSL side who narrowly missed promotion into the elite league by a single point after emerging as runners up to Mutare City, also complained that the Eastern Highlands side used Dylan Chivandire without a reverse international clearance from Gaborone United of Botswana.

Gaborone United officials had also indicated that they had not officially released Chivandire hence he remained their player.

The matter, which had threatened to derail the start of the 2016 Castle Lager Premiership season, was being handled by the ZIFA Players’ Status Committee.

Zifa Communications manager Xolisani Gwesela revealed Thursday that Masvingo’s complaint was thrown out after they failed to pay the necessary player status fees amounting to $4,000.

“Zifa can confirm that Mutare City are the champions of the Eastern Region. Masvingo failed to pay the necessary Player Status fees.

“ZIFA noted the complaint by Masvingo United was frivolous and it was thrown out. We have also instructed the Eastern Region to institute disciplinary proceedings against Masvingo United,” said Gwesela.

ZIFA chief executive Jonathan Mashingaidze had, in a letter addressed to Masvingo and copied to the Eastern Region’s administrator Thaddeus Machawira dated December 22, acknowledged receipt of a complaint by Masvingo United to which he promised to take action.

“Zifa is in receipt of your letter dated 21st December 2015 pertaining to the above and hereby acknowledges its contents. The association, by copy of this letter, has requested the Zifa Eastern Region office through Machawira to furnish us with background information on this matter,” Mashingaidze wrote.

“Appropriate action shall be taken in terms of the statutory provision of the association’s statutes and all parties concerned will be dully advised.”

But the ruling by ZIFA means Mutare City will for the first time in their history dine with the big boys in the PSL this season.

The 2016 PSL season is set to start in April as the league management took into consideration the national team assignments scheduled for March.


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