Ellina Mhlanga Sports Reporter—
ZIMBABWE Women’s Football chairperson Miriam Sibanda continued with her duties yesterday as she held a meeting with Super League clubs at City Sports Centre to map the way forward for the forthcoming season. Also in attendance were board members development, Ben Mamoche, and board member finance, Edwin Magosvongwe, who were also suspended during Monday’s controversial extraordinary emergency meeting at the ZIFA Village.
Sibanda yesterday said their suspension was null and void.
“Like I have said before, to me that was a nullity, that’s why we were able to hold this meeting,” said Sibanda.
“It’s business as usual, we want to be doing football and not spend time politicking.
“I was elected to ensure that girls are playing and that’s what I am trying to do.
“I was waiting to get the official communication, now that I have received it I am going to be advising the ZIFA president and my colleagues on the board so that they know that there is this issue.
“As far as I am concerned I am still chairperson of women football and we are running football with my board.”
During yesterday’s meeting, it was agreed that the league starts on the weekend of May 9 and 10 with 11 clubs participating.
Some of the clubs that attended the meeting were ZRP Harare, ZRP Morris, Mwenezana, Borrow Jets, Auckland Queens, Cowdray Park Queens, Chapungu Queens, Hwange Ladies and Tenax Queens while Black Rhinos and Faith Drive sent their apologies.
They confirmed yesterday they will be part of the league and all the clubs have paid their affiliation fee set at $1 000.
“The meeting was the meeting of our Super League clubs and the regions that feed into our Super League clubs,” said Sibanda.
“So, today (yesterday), we had 11 clubs and one region and we formed a quorum. We have agreed to start our season on the weekend of 9th to the 10th of May with 11 clubs.
“Last year, effectively we ended up with 13 clubs that were participating, two didn’t pitch.
“Initially, we were supposed to have 16 clubs but last year we could not get the 16 clubs to affiliate, so we ended up playing with 13, so now we are down to 11.
“We are actually just one short because as an executive we felt that we needed to have less clubs to work with. Sibanda said they will sit as a board to come up with the fixtures taking into account international events.
Mamoche said they will continue fulfilling their duties and will engage those who want to work with the board.
“The suspension letters we received, through email yesterday, we just received them through the administrator, who is Theresa Maguraushe.
“So far it’s business as usual like you have seen today the clubs have actually attended the meeting.
“They are willing to play so we are going to continue working with those that want to play football, that’s it,” said Mamoche.
Magosvongwe said they were waiting to hear from ZIFA president Cuthbert Dube, but added that they were still in charge of women’s football despite the resolutions made on Monday.
“Whatever happened in the past few days is unconstitutional. As a board we are led by Miriam Sibanda.
“We are just waiting for ZIFA to come out or maybe the president to come out with a statement.
“But as far as we know we were voted into power and we are still running women football in Zimbabwe. We just need to work with those that need to play football,” said Magosvongwe.