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Daggers drawn at Zifa

Itai Dzamara

THE nation, which is still celebrating the impressive results posted by the national soccer team, will tomorrow wake up to the re-emergence of controversy at the Zimbabwe Fo

otball Association (Zifa) over elections to choose a new chairman.

Acting chairman Vincent Pamire, who is still not recognised by a faction within the Zifa council, submitted his bid to run for the chairmanship and was accepted by the nomination court.

He will square up against former Dynamos and Premier Soccer League chairman, Morrison Sifelani as well as northern region chairman, Francis Zimunya.

Zifa director of administration, Ndumiso Gumede confirmed that the elections would be held tomorrow.

The sports governing body, Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) on Wednesday directed that the elections be stopped, but the Pamire faction at the deeply-divided Zifa vowed to press on. The stage is thus, once again, set for more squabbles.

As all the pushing and shoving towards the chairmanship rages on, it emerged that the SRC has not endorsed the date of elections.

The Pamire faction, through Gumede, came up with the date, which even chief executive officer Edgar Rodgers doesn’t recognise.

The SRC last week accepted the amended Zifa constitution but advised that a number of areas still needed to be worked on before elections could be held.

Rodgers said only the Pamire faction had agreed to tomorrow’s elections.

“From my understanding, the elections have been called by the Pamire faction,” said Rodgers. “Council president, (Joseph) Rusike has put November 8 as the date for elections, which I understand to be the one acknowledged by the SRC.”

Investigations by IndependentSport reveal that the Zifa council is split over the holding of elections on the basis of the divisions as well as opposing decisions that have characterised the association over the past couple of months.

The Zifa council is split into two camps with the pro-Pamire camp endorsing amendments made to the Zifa constitution at a meeting in Bulawayo in August. The elections scheduled for tomorrow would be held under the guidance of that amended constitution.

The other camp, however, views as unconstitutional the meeting in Bulawayo and rejects the amendments made.

A faction of councillors, mainly based in Harare and the northern as well as eastern region has maintained that a vote of no-confidence passed in Pamire at a meeting in Harare in August should stand.

The same council meeting fired Gumede.

After the no-confidence vote, Pa-mire organised another council meeting in Bulawayo, attended mostly by a faction sympathetic to his cause and largely based in the southern region which nullified his ouster.

The anti-Pamire camp is opposed to elections in which Pamire is a candidate because he is alleged to have breached the constitution by hanging on as acting chairman after the no-confidence vote.

The camp wants Charles Westerfall, who had been appointed to replace Pamire at the Harare meeting, to lead the way to elections.

The Pamire faction is understood to have vowed to push ahead and hold elections if it manages to assemble a quorum, ushering in a new era of leadership at the association.

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