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ZIFA Chief, Highlanders Coach in Trouble as Chicken Inn Almost Nests on PSL Top Spot

  • Michael Kariati

It was a weekend of various interesting sporting activities including the ouster of Zimbabwe Football Association president Cuthbert Dube as well as mounting problems for Highlanders coach, Bongani Mafu.

The Zifa boss was thrown out of his seat by the Zifa Council that met at an Extraordinary General Assembly meeting Saturday and resolved that Dube had failed to execute his duties efficiently.

All the 30 Zifa Councillors who attended the meeting resolved that Dube had to go. The remaining 28 councillors did not attend the meeting following an instruction from Zifa Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Mashingaidze.

The Zifa Council elects the Zifa Board and Zifa northern region secretary general Sweeney Mushonga, who chaired the meeting, said they are empowered by Article 22 of the Zifa Constitution to remove any board member they feel is not working in the interest of the game.

Although Studio 7 managed to get in touch with Dube, he said he was in a meeting and promised to come back to us after the meeting which he did not do.

If the situation remains as it is, Dube will not be able to attend the Fifa Congress that is set to elect the Fifa president on May 29.

Dube’s vice Omerga Sibanda has at the moment been appointed acting Zifa boss.

However, there has been mixed reaction to Dube’s departure with some fans saying he has to go while others feel the former Premier Medical Aid Society chief executive officer could not executive his plans due to lack of funds.

Dynamos supporter Livingstone Makwarimba says Dube’s departure was long overdue as he should have not been re-elected at the end of his first term last year.

But former Lengthens Supporters Association member, Charles Matanhire, Dube did a lot for Zimbabwean football including using his own personal resources.


While there were these developments at Zifa, the Warriors were celebrating in South Africa after winning their opening Cosafa Senior Challenge game 2-0 against Mauritius.

The Warriors will next play Namibia before rounding off their group games against Swaziland.

Premier Soccer League action also took centre stage with Chicken Inn returning to the top of the table after a 2-1 win over Highlanders. The win may lead to the firing of Bosso coach, Bongani Mafu.

Indications are that Mafu was fired this morning. He was not reachable for comment. The Highlanders management declined to say anything about the beleaguered coach.

The Game Cocks are now on 23 points, three ahead of Triangle who were beaten 3-2 by FC Platinum at Mandava Stadium.

Chicken Inn coach Joey Antipas thinks they deserved to win over struggling Bosso.

The other games ended as follows: Tsholotsho Pirates 1, Dongo Sawmills 1; Harare City 1, Hwange 1; Flame Lilly 2, Buffaloes 0; Caps United 0, Chapungu 2; Hwahwa 1, ZPC Kariba 2.

Dynamos picked up maximum points with a 1-0 victory over How Mine.

The Glamour Boys are still in third position but equal on 20 points with second placed Triangle.

Their supporters believe the team is on the right track to a fifth consecutive league title and one of them is Norman Chitinde.


In the Castle Tankard horse racing event held over the weekend, South African horse Yer-Maan took the $30,000 winning prize after pipping Lucky Sam and Warcraft.

The six year-old gelding was ridden by former Zimbabwean champion jockey, Quinton Riddle, who was thrilled by the outcome of events.

The only Zimbabwean fieldings - Mighty Sha and Killa Man - were a big disappointment as they finished 12th and 13th in a race that had only 13 horses.

Tapuwa Manxusa, a jockey at Borrowdale Race Course but did not feature in the Tankard, says it was expected that foreign horses would win the Tankard.

For coming second Lucky Sam got $10,000 while Warcarf received $6,000 or his third placing.


In cricket, despite security threats, the Zimbabwe cricket team left for Pakistan last night for two Twenty 20 matches and a three-day One Day International Series.

Zimbabwe becomes the first cricket team to tour Pakistan following an attack on the Sri Lanka team in 2009.

zimbabwe and Pakistan will play their first game on Friday.