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Sibanda, Chiyangwa against lifting of Peter Dube sanctions

by Staff reporter
11 Feb 2017 at 09:21hrs | Views

VICE President Phelekezela Mphoko and the Minister of Sport and Recreation, Makhosini Hlongwane, yesterday held a meeting with the Zifa president Philip Chiyangwa and his deputy Omega Sibanda  to discuss, according to sources, the suspension of Highlanders chairman Peter Dube.

The meeting, which lasted close to an hour, was held at a City hotel but those who are said to have attended the meeting refused to shed light on the matter.

Sources, however, said VP Mphoko summoned Zimbabwe football's two most powerful men after he (VP Mphoko) was approached by three Highlanders board members and one executive member who pleaded with him to use his influence in having Dube's suspension lifted.

"The four officials (names supplied) approached the VP just before the Highlanders annual general meeting and pleaded with him to have Peter Dube back but I think the VP's busy schedule could not allow him to do that hence this meeting," said the source.

Another source said Chiyangwa and Sibanda were very candid with the VP and said the move will set a very wrong and dangerous precedent in football, which was also going to attract the attention of Fifa which views such interventions as Government interference.

After the meeting, Chiyangwa and Sibanda were seen discussing something together before addressing central and southern region councillors as well as the media where Chiyangwa announced the lifting of suspensions of retired Bosso chief executive officer Ndumiso Gumede, Zifa executive committee member Edzai Kasinauyo, former Warriors coach Ian Gorowa, former Warriors assistant coach Nation Dube, Bulawayo City chairman Jerry Sibanda and his coach Philani Beefy Ncube.

Peter Dube's case was referred to the Itai Ndudzo chaired review committee.

It has since emerged that VP Mphoko was approached without the knowledge and agreement of the rest of the Highlanders leadership.

Addressing a gathering of councillors from the southern and central regions as well as members of the media at a Bulawayo hotel yesterday, Zifa president Philip Chiyangwa said the lifting of suspensions was with immediate effect.

"The suspensions of the following have been lifted with immediate effect; Ndumiso Gumede, Edzai Kasinauyo, Ian Gorowa, Nation Dube, Jerry Sibanda and Philani Ncube while Peter Dube's suspension has been referred to the review committee," said Chiyangwa who was flanked by his deputy Omega Sibanda and Zifa Southern Region chairman, Musa Mandaza.

Kasinauyo, a Zifa executive committee member, was suspended together with former Warriors' coach Gorowa and assistant Dube for allegedly trying to fix the Warriors' African Nations Cup qualifier against Swaziland.

Bulawayo City chairman, Sibanda and his two coaches Ncube and Mujokoro were found on the wrong side of the law after they allegedly bribed a Border Strikers goalkeeper.

Zifa accused Gumede of writing to Fifa and peddling falsehoods.

Dube stands accused of contravening Article 1.15 of Schedule 11 of the Zifa Rules and Regulations following what the national association said was his inappropriate conduct during a Zifa congress on October 29, 2016.

Sources in the Zifa executive committee yesterday said Zifa could not lift Dube's suspensions because it had some legal implications which needed a legal solution.

The Highlanders boss might, however, get a reprieve from the Zifa councillors when they meet for their congress sometime in March or early April.

Source - chronicle