ZIFA Council passes "vote of no confidences" in its Chairman Wellington Nyatanga

HARARE – The Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) Council has passed a “vote of no confidence” in football president Wellington “Shumba” Nyatanga for abusing three top of the range vehicles donated by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) for the association’s use.

The RBZ donated three Toyota Hilux VigoS to the cash strapped football association to carry out its duties. However, it has emerged that the one of the vehicles is now a complete write off after it was involved in an accident while being driven by Nyatanga’s relative.

The two other vehicles are reportedly parked at the residence of ZIFA chief executive officer Henrietta Rushwaya in Highlands and have not been registered in the association’s name.

The ZIFA Council is set to meet for the stormy Annual General Meeting in the capital on March 28.

Dr Emmanuel Moyana, the chairman of the steering committee, who is pushing for the ousting of Nyatanga, said the football association had several cases of maladministration against the veteran football administrator.

"We are pushing for a vote of no confidence in Nyatanga. He abused three vehicles donated by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe. One of the vehicles is a complete write off after it was involved in an accident. We gather that Nyatanga was not even driving the vehicle. The other vehicles are gathering dust at the CEO’s home in Highlands. Our investigations have revealed that the vehicles are still to be registered in the association’s name with the Central Vehicle Registry."

Jonathan Mashingaidze the development manager was supposed to be allocated one of the vehicles but he uses his car to do his work," Moyana said.

Moyana said the ZIFA Board is also still to produce audited accounts since it came into office in 2006.

The ZIFA Council comprises chairmen of the football regions such as Southern, Northern and Eastern Regions. Representatives of women and junior football also sit on the powerful council, which is set to pass a vote of no confidence in Nyatanga.

In another sport development, Canada and Ireland will meet Zimbabwe A as part of their preparations for the ICC World Cup Qualifiers, but any potential political embarrassment will be diluted as the games will take place in South Africa.

Zimbabwe A are regrouping to prepare for matches against Ireland and Canada, two days after returning from the tour of Namibia.

This follows an invitation from the Africa Cricket Association (ACA) to play the two sides as part of their warm-up programme for the International Cricket Council (ICC) Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2009, which is in South Africa from the first to the 19th of next month.

Zimbabwe A will play Canada on Tuesday (March 24) and Ireland on Thursday (March 26), at the ACA headquarters in Benoni, South Africa.

They go into camp tomorrow (Thursday 19 March, 2009) and will leave for South Africa on Sunday.

"We had no hesitation in agreeing to such win-win arrangements that help the two sides with practice and acclimatisation while exposing our next best talent to competitive play, something that players such as ours outside the senior squad who are talented but inexperienced can never get too much of!" said Zimbabwe Cricket spokesperson Lovemore Banda.

"We are keen to keep exposing our players who are on the verge of senior selection to such play because that is necessary for them to be able to challenge those at the top, thus improving our standard of play," he added.

The national selection panel has retained the same squad that won all three one-day matches and a twenty20 fixture in Namibia last week. They first cruised to a nine-wicket win over a Namibian Invitational XI before winning the first one-dayer against Namibia by three wickets and the second by 42 runs. They also beat Namibia by 45 runs, in a twenty20 match.

Zimbabwe A will have their work cut out against Canada and Ireland which took part in the 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup in the West Indies, and are now vying for tickets to the 2011 edition in Asia by finishing among the top four in the qualifying tournament in South Africa.

Squad:
Eric Chauluka (captain), Bothwell Chapungu, Tendai Chisoro, Charles Coventry, Trevor Garwe, Tafadzwa Kamungozi, Mbekezeli Mabuza, Admire Manyumwa, Timycen Maruma, Shingirai Masakadza, Natsayi Mushangwe, Richmond Mutumbami, Mark Vermeulen and Cephas Zhuwao.

Coach: Steven Mangongo.