Omega Sibanda sings for his supper

Omega Sibanda sings for his supper
Published: 16 April 2018 (403 Views)
ZIFA vice-president Omega Sibanda came out guns blazing after the Sports Commission sports body's chairman Edward Siwela met with members of the 11-member committee that was appointed to try and normalise the situation at ZIFA on Friday afternoon.

Sibanda said last night that there was no provision in the association's statutes where former presidents would be the organ to deal with any problems in the game.

Sibanda said they also found it strange that after being set up, the committee "sought to resolve the problems they perceive to be in football with the Sports Commission instead of trying to engage the ZIFA leadership".

"Be that as it may, there is no provision in the ZIFA constitution for ex-presidents to intervene should there be any problem in the association. That is the duty of the assembly.

"If they thought there was problem why didn't they engage Chiyangwa, or the ZIFA board. Why didn't they write to our secretary-general and prove that they are willing to engage ZIFA directly?

"Now we are wondering what the motive of the Sports Commission chairman is by meeting people who are outside of our structures. If there was a problem at FIFA today, it would not be solved by Sepp Blatter or any of the ex-president and it is the same case with CAF, Hayatou cannot come and solve any problems in CAF now.

"In any case such people like Pamire and Khan are not eligible in terms of our constitution to intervene in football affairs because of their previous convictions by the courts of law in this country.

"Pamire did community service in Bulawayo and Khan served his time at Connemara and Carelse-Juul left the country under a cloud over the construction of the Angwa City centre building in Harare," Sibanda said.

The group fronted by Trevor Carelse-Juul has been claiming that there is a leadership vacuum at ZIFA because the term of office of both the assembly and the association's board expired.

Carelse-Juul and fellow former ZIFA presidents Vincent Pamire and Rafik Khan led a group of administrators who met in Harare on Thursday and set-up a committee they hoped could usurp power at ZIFA and lead the game until elections are held.

Carelse-Juul has been the front man of the now infamous Sandton Project that has been accused of working clandestinely to try and paralyse operations at the association.

ZIFA reacted by slapping bans from football-related activities to Carelse-Juul, Pamire and Khan, former women's football administrator Eusebio Maseko before adding the trio of Leslie Gwindi, John Phiri and Fungai Chihuri who are part of the committee, to the sanctions list.

- the herald

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