House on Fire: Samukeliso Silengane

Silengane sails troubled waters

Raymond Jaravaza
IT never rains but pours incessantly for axed women football boss Samukeliso Silengane.

Barely a fortnight after being indefinitely suspended by Zifa for insubordination and misrepresentation, the Zimbabwe Women Soccer League (ZWSL) vice-chairperson is in hot soup, again.

A Francistown hotel a�� Wingate a�� has approached Zifa for assistance to recover hotel bills incurred by Silengane and two ZWSL executive members during a stay in Botswana.

a�?We received a receipt from Wingate Hotel with a breakdown of a hotel bill that Silengane is said to have incurred supposedly on women football business. We will look into the matter and issue out a statement when investigations are concluded,a�? said Zifa vice-president Omega Sibanda.

Sibanda oversees womena��s football and was instrumental in setting up a Premier Soccer League where top clubs around the country compete in.

The bill was allegedly incurred by Silengane and her colleagues while working on a deal that would benefit ZWSL during the ill fated Joy Foundation Cup that was supposed to be played by Highlanders, Dynamos and Botswanaa��s Mochudi Centre Chiefs and Tafic Sporting Club.

The three ladies were each booked in a room with a double bed and air conditioning.

The trio checked into Wingate Hotel on 10 July, had dinner the same night and breakfast the following morning before checking out.

a�?The Zimbabwean lady (Silengane) whose details we captured as the head of delegation is ignoring our calls. Their bill is P2 767 and ita��s been more than four months since they stayed at our hotel,a�? said the manageress who only identified herself as Neo.

The Joy Foundation Cup was aborted at the eleventh hour after the organisers failed to deposit Bosso and DeMbare playersa�� appearance fees as per agreement.

The two Zimbabwean football giants subsequently pulled out.

Silengane is currently barred from participating in football in any role, pending the outcome of a disciplinary hearing to be instituted at a later date.