Philip Chiyangwa

Appeals conundrum haunts ZIFA

Raymond Jaravaza
APPEALS by two local football giants Dynamos and Highlanders against Premier Soccer League Disciplinary Committee verdicts for the teams to play one match apiece in empty stadiums will likely drag on as a result of bungling by Zifa.

Following violence that marred matches involving the two giants in Harare and Bulawayo, the clubs were dragged to the PSL Disciplinary Committee which found them guilty of bringing the game into disrepute.

First to be slapped with an order to play their match in an empty stadium were DeMbare in June as punishment for the violence that marred their 0-1 defeat to FC Platinum at Rufaro Stadium some weeks earlier.

Then last week Bosso were also ordered to play their next match in an empty stadium in the aftermath of the violence which erupted in the 1-1 draw with Chicken Inn.

Both clubs appealed against the PSL Disciplinary Committee verdicts and their cases are set to be heard by the Zifa Appeals Committee.

But the appeals will not be heard anytime soon because the Zifa Appeals Committee only has one member, the committee chairperson Justice Tawanda Chitapi.

Chitapi is a Harare High Court judge.

Article 56 of the Zifa 2013 Amended Constitution states that the Appeals Committee should consist of a chairperson, vice chairperson and the number of committee members deemed necessary. The chairperson and vice chairperson should have legal qualifications.

The article also states that the function of the Appeals Committee should be governed by the Disciplinary Code of Zifa and that the committee should pass decisions when at least three members are present.

Presently the Zifa Appeals Committee cannot be expected to hear the Dynamos and Highlanders appeals when it is a one-man show.

Zifa president Philip Chiyangwa announced standing committees in August. Interestingly he chairs the referees committee.

Zifa spokesperson Xolisani Gwesela said the association would announce the other members of the Appeals Committee in due course.

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