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ZIFA reluctant to resolve Chivhu FC impasse

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ZIFA reluctant to resolve Chivhu FC impasse

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THERESA ZIBOWA
MIRROR REPORTER

CHIKOMBA–The Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) Mashonaland East provincial executive is accused of dillydallying in resolving a complaint brought to it against Chivhu FC after the club had 12 points deducted for playing against an unaffiliated team.
The club lost the championship after the points were deducted after the 2022/23 season had ended.
Club chairperson, Marufu Madhuveko told The Mirror that they are frustrated because ZIFA has failed to address their concerns since petitioning the football governing body in November last year.
“We are worried that our issue is yet to be resolved. Our complaint is genuine, and we feel that what our executive did is anti-football. We wrote several letters requesting to discuss our complaint with them but they merely acknowledged receipt of the letters and it ended there.
“We even wrote a letter requesting to be referred to an independent board, but they just ignored our request. We wrote letters to the Eastern Region Soccer League (ERSL) and ZIFA Normalization Committee but the processes are taking too long to conclude and quite frustrating. The delay in concluding the matter is affecting our preparations for the upcoming season,” said Madhuveko
Chivhu FC finished the ERSL Division 2 league on position one but finished second after ZIFA deducted points. Rusununguko FC benefitted from the deduction and will compete in the ERSL Division 1 league should the matter not be finalized in favour of Chivhu FC.
ZIFA Mash East administrator, Rumbidzayi Georgeno Makoni told The Mirror that they received Chivhu FC complaints but referred questions to the league’s Vice-Chairman who could not be reached for a comment by the time of going to press.
Sources, however, told The Mirror that the matter will be swept under the carpet alleging that Rusununguko FC paid ZIFA officials to secure a slot in the Division 1 league.
“The appeal will not be heard. There are a lot of underhand dealings and this is affecting football. Rusununguko bought its place in the Division 1 league,” said the source.
Last season’s unaffiliated teams were Orange View, Auto Beatrice, Kotwa United, and St Lucy.
Meanwhile the 2024/25 season ZIFA division two affiliation fee is pegged at US$800 for the 16 team league.

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