By Muziwethu Hadebe
Suspended ZIFA Vice President Gift Banda says that he was unconstitutionally suspended from the month old new ZIFA board.
Speaking to the media for the first time on his suspension at his business offices in Bulawayo on Thursday, the former Njube Sundowns Football Club Director and former Deputy Mayor of Bulawayo; referred to Article 33(3) of the ZIFA constitution which says;
“The (ZIFA) president shall cause the agenda to be prepared. Each member of the executive committee is entitled to propose items for inclusion on the agenda, the members of the executive committee must submit the points they wish to be included in the agenda for the meeting to the general secretariat, at least SEVEN days before the meeting, the agenda must be sent out to the members of the executive committee, at least, 14 days before the meeting”.
Banda said that the above provisions were violated by the ZIFA leadership.
“It must be noted that the reason for my suspension was that I announced the changes to the Senior National Teams when I was acting-President of the Association, of which the President himself, Mr Kamambo was aware of the subject, Prior to his trip to Senegal, Mr Kamambo and myself extensively deliberated on the changes and some of the board members were aware of those discussions, how the President then flip-flopped to say he was in the dark surprises me as he came down to Bulawayo before his trip to Senegal and we spoke about these changes”, Banda said.
Banda said his move was not different from that of Kamambo who had announced that ZIFA were retaining the services of Head coach Sunday Chidzambwa as well as announcing National team sponsors without the knowledge of the ZIFA board.
Chidzambwa’s contract expired on 31 December 2018 and has not been renewed despite the announcement by Kamambo, according to Banda.
Asked if a delay in their separate announcements would have saved the association from the situation it finds itself in Banda said,
“I think so, but as the leader of the association if you leave someone acting the first thing you do is to ask for a report or update, I kept updating the President leading to my announcement of the changes in the coaching structure”.
He said it was important for FIFA and the SRC to conduct an induction process for the new board so that the roles of the board members are spelt out clearly as he maintained that at the moment the roles were not very clear resulting in the current confusion.
The Lobengula-Njube MP said it was disturbing that his suspension followed his querying of how the funds received from FIFA were to be handled as he preferred the normal financial system in the country to uphold best practices.
“What surprises me is that the animosity arose after ZIFA received funds from FIFA in December. How the funds were distributed is something for another day, but I refuse to have my image tainted by operating outside the legal framework like using the funds outside an open market”, he said.
Banda called for a forensic audit for the period that they have been in office in order to establish how the FIFA funds were distributed.
“ There is nothing wrong with suspecting a wrong doing, what is important is to prove those fears wrong, I believe such an audit will restore the confidence of all football stakeholders as we seek to develop our game”, said Banda in his closing statement.
By Muziwethu Hadebe
Images by Washington Sibanda
FC Platinum suffered their first defeat in this edition of the TOTAL CAF Champions League away to current holders Esperance in Tunisia last Friday, losing 2-0 before an empty stadium as the current holders were facing a CAF punishment for its fans behaviour in the final last year.
Mysports takes a look at the 1-10 for the Zimbabwe Soccer Champions so far in the competition.
1 FC Platinum has recorded one win so far in the competition.
2 It was FC Platinum’s second match in the group stages meaning they are yet to record a win although they played to a 0-0 with Orlando Pirates at Babourfields stadium in Bulawayo before this defeat. They are yet to score a goal in the two group stages matches so far. FC Platinum, who had conceded two goals ahead of the Esperance match, conceded more than one goal for the first time in a single match from their six matches played so far.
3 The Zvishavane side has failed to score in three consecutive CAF Champions League matches as the team is yet to find the best striking combination since Striker and Soccer star of the year Rodwell Chinyengetere left the club. The platinum miners are on three goals in this competition and all of them scored in the opening three matches, they are however without a goal in their last three matches. They have kept three clean sheets. All of their three goals have come in the second half.
4 Chinyengetere started and completed the opening four matches, scoring one goal before leaving for South Africa. Four is also the number of goals FC Platinum has conceded in their six matches.
5 Until the defeat to Esperance last Friday FC Platinum were on a five match unbeaten run in the competition.
Having missed the opening match, the duo of defender William Stima and midfielder Devon Chafa has gone on to play five consecutive matches and completing the 90 minutes.
Veteran defender Gift Bello who has had a good tournament is also on five completed matches; he missed the second leg against AS Otoho after picking two yellow cards and was suspended.
6 The Friday defeat to Esperance marked the sixth match FC Platinum has played in this edition of the CAF Champions League. They are on one win, four draws and one defeat, scoring three goals through Chinyengetere, Stima and Farai Madhananga.
Goalkeeper and Captain Petros Mhari, defender Elvis Moyo, midfielder Kevin Madzongwe have played all the six matches and completed the 90 minutes.
Madhananga has played all the six matches although he has completed five matches and lasted 85 minutes in the other match against AS Otoho at Mandava stadium; in a match he had picked a yellow card.
Former Hwange forward Gift Mbweti has also played all six matches, having four starts, completing three 90 minutes while lasting 85 minutes in the other and making two substitute appearances to play 19 and 13 minutes in those two matches.
7 FC Platinum will play their seventh CAF Champions League match in this edition on the 2nd of February against Horaya of Guinea at Babourfields stadium in Bulawayo. In the six matches the team has picked seven yellow cards and no player has been sent off. Bello is on two yellow cards which saw him miss one of the matches. On single yellow cards come Chinyengetere, Lawrence Mhlanga, Madzongwe, Madhananga and Elvis Moyo. FC avoided yellow cards in three of their six matches including the last two matches (Group stages), meaning no player is suspended ahead of their seventh match. Any of the four players on a single yellow card will miss the eighth match if they are to pick a yellow against Horoya.
8 Norman Mapeza was left looking for an eighth striking option after trying seven strikers and getting three goals in the six matches namely Gift Mbweti(6 appearances), Lameck Nhamo(4), Rodwell Chinyengetere(4), Albert Eonde(2), Thomas Chideu(2), Ali Sadiki(1)and Mkhokheli Dube(2).
9 Of the 29 registered players, Mapeza has used 20 players, leaving out nine players who are yet to play.
10 As each of the four teams in Group B head to their third group stages match they have picked a combined 10 points together. Orlando Pirates of South Africa are on top with 4 points, Holders Esperance of Tunisia are second and also on 4 points while FC Platinum and Horoya of Guinea have picked a point each.
Group B Fixtures
FC Platinum vs Horoya (Babourfields) 1500 Hrs;
Orlando Pirates vs Esperance (Orlando Stadium) 2100 Hrs
Horoya vs FC Platinum (28 September Stadium) 1300 Hrs
Esperance vs Orlando Pirates (Stade Olympique) 2000 Hrs
Orlando Pirates vs FC Platinum (Orlando Stadium) 2100 Hrs
Esperance vs Horoya (Stade Olympique) 2000 Hrs
Horoya vs Orlando Pirates (28 Setember Stadium) 1300 Hrs
FC Platinum vs Esperance (Babourfields) 1500 Hrs
By Muziwethu Hadebe
Images: Washington Sibanda
@Babourfields Stadium, Bulawayo.
FC Platinum 0-0 Orlando Pirates
Zimbabwe Soccer Champions FC Platinum picked a point in their first CAF Champions’ League group stages match against 1995 Champions( in this competition)South African side Orlando Pirates before a full house at this iconic venue.
With the 23000 tickets allocated for the match running out at half time, the Zvishavane based side could have taken the lead as early as the second minute while some fans were still making their way into the stadium and some still taking their seats when a William Stima free kick, a low one missed the upright.
Pirates who arrived in Bulawayo on Friday, after a mid-week match in the South African Premier Soccer League during the week responded seven minutes later when Zambian Justin Shonga forced FC Platinum captain and goalkeeper Petros Mhari to punch his goal bound effort away after the Zambian was allowed space in the box.
One of the most outstanding players for “Pure Platinum play” Kelvin Madzongwe forced a good save from Pirates Keeper Thabelo Jackson Mabokgwane in the 11th minute as the goal minder who often starts from the bench was alert to go down and push the long range effort for a corner.
The Buccaneers dominated the first half and created the most with the inform Thembinkosi Lorch coming with a clever lob in the 23rd minute as pirates capitalised on a good counter attack but the ball just went over the bar. Another Lorch grounder was punched away by Mhari a few minutes later.
Sakhile Maela who combined well with Kudakwashe Mahachi on the left saw his fine header in the 35th minute miss the target by a few inches.
It was however the fine low free kick at the near post by Shonga that was brilliantly pushed out for a corner kick by Mhari at the stroke of half time that kept the Zimbabwe champions in the game as the two Southern Africa teams headed to the break at nil-nil with FC Platinum forcing six corner kicks while the visitors had five.
Pirates reduced the tempo in the second half and FC Platinum created the most in this period creating five good scoring opportunities.
Madzongwe saw another of his long range efforts going over the bar as the former Bulawayo City player continued to control the midfield in the 61st minute.
Edwin Madhananga who had a quite game by his standards had his grounder going wide five minutes later, as Ali Sadiki’s clever shot was pushed for a corner two minutes later.
In the 79th minute Rahman Kutsanzira deliver a tricky shot outside the box after he was set up by veteran Mkhokeli Dube but the ball took a deflection for a corner with the Pirates keeper on the wrong side of the action. Substitute Gift Mbweti could have scored in the 80th minute but his high ball was scooped for a corner by the Pirates defence.
Despite a slow second half the South Africans had two chances falling for Mahachi in the 54th minute and best in the 74th minute when he could not pick his spot in the box.
Substitute Vincent Pule went down in the box under challenge from a Platinum defender eight minutes from time but the Rwandan referee Jean Claude Ishimwe, who handled the match very well and flashed one yellow card to Pirates captain Happy Jele waved play on. The two teams settled for a goalless draw as FC Platinum kept their third clean sheet at home in this completion. Both teams forced nine corner kicks each in this thrilling encounter despite the lack of goals.
Misho…..Pirates Coach– “It is always nice to come to a country and you are welcomed very well, it shows that our team is loved here and I would like to thank the fans for supporting us, we played against a good team and it was like a game of chess and they came up with set up that we had expected, we did not want to concede which we achieved but would have loved to score a goal, so it was a 50% performance from us”.
Happy Jele…….Pirates Captain-“We played against a good team and we did our homework as a team, we knew they were good, we came here knowing what to expect, we did well as a team but at times we need to be aggressive and score goals away from home but we will take the point, the atmosphere was very awesome and we love the fans who are here and this was a good sign that Orlando Pirates is loved in Africa and we just need to keep pushing for our fans”.
Norman Mapeza…….FC Platinum Coach– “I think it was a good game of football, I think the boys enjoyed the game, it was a good point and I am happy with the point, we are just enjoying this journey and we will continue working hard as we head to Tunisia on Tuesday and we will go there with a view to try and pick a point”.
Petros Mhari……….FC Platinum Captain– “We are happy with our performance, as the goalkeeper it is my duty to make such saves but we played as a team”.
FC PLATINUM Petros Mhari, Raphael Muduviva, Elvis Moyo, William Stima, Gift Bello, Kelvin Madzongwe, Devon Chafa, Edwin Mahananga, Rahman Kutsanzira, Ali Sadiki(Gift Mbweti 76’) and Mkhokheli Dube(Lameck Nhamo 85’).
ORLANDO PIRATES Thabelo Mabokgwane, Thembinkosi , Happy Jele, Marshall Munetsi, Asavela Mbekile, Bulelani Ndengane, Xola Mlambo(Onassis Mntambo 86’), Sakhile Maela, Kudakwashi Mahachi(Vincent Pule 74’), Thembinkosi Lorch and Justin Shonga(Agustine Mulenga 65’).
Outstanding– Petros Mhari and Kelvin Madzongwe(FC Platinum); Xola Mlambo and Thembinkosi Lorch
By Washington Sibanda
FC Platinum captain and goalkeeper Petros Mhari has attributed hardwork and self-belief as the key to his team reaching the group stages of the 2018/19 Total CAF Champions league ahead of their first match in Group B against South African giants Orlando Pirates at Babourfields stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The soft spoken goal minder who is one of the senior and key members of the Norman Mapeza coached side did not hide their dream of reaching the quarter finals of the Continent’s biggest club competition.
“We need to defend well and attack as a team by doing so I think we can go all the way and probably reach the last eight which for me will be okay”, said Mhari.
“Football is the same everywhere and on the game tomorrow against Orlando Pirates we just need to believe in ourselves that we can do it and that’s the message we have been preaching Mhari.in camp as players, to try and motivate each other”, said Mhari.
The 2017 and 2018 Zimbabwe league champions are in their maiden group stages qualification and know that they will have tough encounters away from home, picking up maximum points at home will be key in helping them realise their dreams.
The Platinum miners have been asked to play this group B match in Bulawayo and away from Mandava stadium which did not meet the Caf standards and the focus will be on the fans and no doubt the 12th man could turn out to be a very influential factor.
With many fans all over the country having pledged to rally behind the Platinum miners as they seek to raise the national flag high the Zimbabwean champions will be seeking to use that to their advantage as they target the Buccaneer’s scalp at Emagumeni.
“The fans should come in numbers to support us whether you are Highlanders, Caps united or Dynamos because it’s their support that will motivate us, I am sure we opted for Babourfields because it’s close to Zvishavane so I am urging all the fans to come and rally behind us”, added
By Washington Sibanda
South African Soccer giants Orlando Pirates arrived in the country on friday afternoon ahead of their Group B Total African champions league clash with Zimbabwean champions FC Platinum set for Babourfields stadium on saturday afternoon.
The Buccaneers as they are known by many held their first training session at a wet Babourfields stadium the match venue behind closed doors, amid a huge interest from the local football lovers who were kept out of sight from seeing the star studded side.
Addressing a media briefing ahead of the epic encounter head coach Micho was not shy to point out how significant the 12th man would influence the game on Saturday as it is a well known fact that they have a huge support base in Bulawayo.
“We know that we are coming to an environment that has so many supporters keeping our badge at heart, we want to invite them to come and be player number twelve in rallying behind us”, said the Serbian.\
“We are also aware that there will be a lot of people supporting FC Platinum and its well known that player number twelve plays an important role in terms of influence but football is played on the field of play so we really expect our supporters to come in numbers to support us in voice and sound so we are expecting a very thrilling match”, added Micho.
Amongst the stars that jetted into the country at the Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo international airport with the sea robbers are inspirational captain Happy Jele,Zambian international Justice Shonga as well as Zimbabwean duo of Kudakwashe Mahachi and Nyasha Munetsi who the gaffer pointed out that they will play a huge role in the encounter despite playing against their fellow brothers.
“Both of them (Mahachi & Munetsi) are extreme proffessionals and we believe in them that they will play an important role not only for us but also for the Zimbabwe National team”, said Micho
“They need to put aside emotions of playing against their home brothers and give their best for the badge they are carrying in all of our games so that they can knock on the doors of the National team, so there is no better way of showing their real value in front of their home fans”, Micho said.
The encounter is expected to attract a huge crowd as Bulawayo last hosted a champions league match a couple of years back when Mamelodi Sundowns came to play Chicken Inn at the same venue. The cheapest ticket is going for $5, the wings will cost $10 and the VIP is pegged at $ 20.