Chiyangwa know your role

Philip Chiyangwa

Philip Chiyangwa

Bongani Ndlovu, Sport Correspondent
BEWARE Highlanders! The national football governing body, Zifa is gunning for your players since your gallant draw against Zifa’s favourites, Dynamos.

According to Zifa president Philip Chiyangwa’s interview with a local daily, the national association is gunning for Bosso players for “provoking” DeMbare’s Cameroonian striker Christian Epoupa Ntouba

So incensed with the result was Zifa president Chiyangwa that he decided during the match that the straight red card shown to on-fire Ntouba would not stand because the referee Arnold Ncube from Masvingo was “poor”.

Bosso had gone into Sunday’s game having lost four games in a row and DeMbare were expected to make mince meat of their eternal rivals.

Unfortunately Bosso were denied a genuine 52nd minute penalty that would have seen them shaking the form book to emerge with maximum points.

Strange that the Zifa president would personally involve himself in deciding the outcome of a match when he should at least try to be impartial.
Just where is our football headed?

Chiyangwa highly misconstrues his so-called flamboyancy into goodness and mercy for local football and if he’s not stopped, our game will sink deeper into oblivion.

First things first! Why is Chiyangwa chairing the referees’ committee in the first place when he knows nothing at all about match officiating?

It’s an anomaly on its own for the president of an association to chair a sub-committee and that it prevails at Zifa is testament to the poverty of governance at the national association.

The president of Zifa must be beyond reproach and not reduce himself to a diehard supporter’s level of unashamedly displaying his bias in a game he should never have involved himself in, in the first place.

We demand a referees’ committee comprising retired referees that understand and have experience of handling professional games.

This is a highly technical committee that a layman like Chiyangwa have no business in.

Dynamos have been playing good football lately and the overzealousness of Chiyangwa is dangerously making nonsense of the Glamour Boys’ performances.

Chiyangwa doesn’t seem to understand the basics of football tenets.

Even if the referees’ committee were properly constituted, it has no power to rescind referees’ decisions. That part ought to be left to an independent panel.

The committee simply reviews performances of referees and spearheads their development and can’t be allowed to operate as prosecutor, jury and judge.

Reviewing of match officials’ decisions can’t hold in Zimbabwe because not all matches are broadcast, recorded or watched by Chiyangwa. For example, Chiyangwa watched the Bosso and DeMbare game; what about the other two games that he did not watch or were not recorded or broadcast?

We are sure there were lots of controversies, probably worse than the Epoupa’s stupid retaliation.

Reversal of referees’ decisions should only be permitted where all matches are recorded or broadcast so that a review panel uses video evidence to come to a fair conclusion.

Without a broadcasting deal that involves at least the recording of all matches, no reversal of referees’ decisions should be allowed because it disadvantages other teams.

We thus back the PSL’s stance that Epoupa’s ban stands and dismiss Chiyangwa’s pronouncement on the issue as a mere supporter’s wish.

Dynamos chairman Kenny Mubaiwa chairs the PSL emergency committee and should know the rules better, unless he is trying to prove to us that he’s completely ignorant of the rules and regulations of the league.

The so-called DeMbare protest letter by all intents and purposes is just personal communication to Chiyangwa.

Chiyangwa should have directed a lost Dynamos to the PSL for recourse.

The man can display his bravado and it might prevail at the end of the day, but that will never make it right.

Zimbabwean football will continue to wallow in the muddy waters of confusion with the likes of Chiyangwa and his disciples in charge of the “beautiful game”.

It’s high time someone stood up to Chiyangwa and told him to please leave our football alone.

Chiyangwa must choose between running Zimbabwean football efficiently or ensure that Dynamos wins every match as he’s trying to do. It’s sad when a football association president threatens players of a football team.

Chiyangwa must leave Highlanders to solve its own problems and not seek to impose his blind solutions on uMantengwane.

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  • Gen Gowon

    A soccer hooligan masquerading as a soccer administrator.No sane soccer administrator worth his salt could be overwhelmed by the decision of the match official and behave in an emotional fashion to drastically arrive at such a crucial negative decision without due regard to processes and rules of the game.He makes himself no different from a soccer hooligan sitting on a grand soccer stand who gets infuriated by a match official’s decision against his favourite team and start hurling insults in an unprintable language at the same time throwing objects in the field of play.Honestly, when is this circus which impacts negatively to the image of the game going to end?

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  • Rita Marque Mbatha

    Well written article! The mind boggles, an irrational decision from an obvious Dynamos supporter, evidence of extreme abound bias tainting the beautiful game of football.

  • NXXX

    A serial criminal cum-academic fraud holding a useless PhD on a mission to destroy the beautiful game. ZIFA and COSAFA will suffer because if this idiot.

  • Vumani

    A fraudulent land baron acquired wealth by masquerading as so called black empowerment champion intimidating businesses using ZANU connections fake PhD holder, opportunist who campaigned against for Ahmed Ahmed the CAF president thinks that he has become indispensable appointing himself as dubious referees chairman when he has never even officiated in boozers league to say the least. Football
    In Zimbabwe has been Zanufied the tribalist loud mouth land baron will ensure Highlanders is stagnated perpetually and the team’s officials leave it unchallenged for fear of victimisation Zimbabwean league championship will be monopolised by Dynamos aided and abetted by the hideous land thief.

  • Wellington

    The other problem is the so called councilors who voted with their stomachs for this criminal. These guys sold their souls and our football for few pieces of silver. Chiyangwa should just ask to be dynamos president then may be serves his interests

  • zibulo

    we senoir citizens , having been in the game for decades , would advise that either all PSL teams go on strike for two weeks , in protest agains’t this opportunist who bulldozed his way into the Game. If other teams do not feel for each other, then maybe , a Southern League might be another option . What is there for the teams to loose by striking, in fact they will get a breather but it will hit home, in Chiyangwa’s office. The people in High Offices in Zimbabwe , in every aspect of our lives, keep on demonstrating that This Country Has To Be Divided , like it was before the Whiteman came. Or lets first give Unity a chance, with sincererity from Harare first

  • misheck fini sibindi

    Chiyangwa you cant play football from the office. Yekela uMatengwane akhale lizaze liphume ilalanga . Hands off Tshilamoya aliselalanhloni kodwa lokhu, kuyini ingcekeza enje. what kind of leader is this, where do we go as a nation with such blatant display of ignorance and arrogance at the top.

  • Muzukulu

    I am not sure of the motive behind the article. Seems to be driven at character assassination! We have all seen and agree that the reversal of the red card is misplaced. That is what we should attack and not the person of Dr Chiyangwa. There is no good that has no bad side…not on this planet! Dr Phil has done great for our soccer over the short period he has been in charge…that is a fact! It is through his guts that he has managed to get us this far. The same guts have caused this momentary glitch…were he has ventured into unfamiliar territory in defense of his alleged ‘interests’. That is where our problem is and we must confine ourselves to that!

    Dr Phil I respect your business acumen and unstoppable character in pursuit of your goals. However, in this instance allow me to advise you to let football rules prevail…for the good of the game.

    • Vumani

      Fuseki wena you disgusting bootlicker the article questions the controversy of nullification of the referees decision and calls into question the competency & impartiality of Fake PhD Chiyangwa critiquing his conduct constitutes character assassination uyahlanyana !

    • Jofa

      You support his corrupt brain.

  • DOCTOR NGWENYA

    LAMDOBHA NGAPHI KANTI UBHARE LOWU,KAZI NIKISI IBHORA LOWU ,HIS HEAD IS FULL OF CORRUPTION HE IS DESTROYING SPORTS IN OUR CONTRY .

  • Gxabhashe

    Uzostrokha ngeBosso ayaaaaa,yiBosso leee izakutshila umoya….

  • Ntokozo Tshuma

    This clueless buffoon should be removed with expediency from governing the beautiful game, he is well known for bleeding institutions/companies dry, remember “ZECO”, “G&D Shoes” and many more, where are they now? these companies that he took over are even now beyond the retrievable tiers of our remembrance. Is this what we want to happen to our beloved soccer? NO WAYS! I guess the zifa councilors that voted for him realize now how much of an incompetent and self centred spoilt brat their “supposed savior” is. Its time to act on this clown and remove him before he destroys the beautiful game. #Lets_Remove_Chiyangwa_Now

  • The Observer

    Subjective and biased decision will never take this nation anywhere, its succinctly clear that through extrapolation of football events there is no peace between Dynamos and Highlanders soccer football games, also every time there is a match something sinister is expected to prevail where the laws of the game are deliberately manipulated for the advantage of Dynamos. Any argument against this observation can be challenged through facts since the attainment of independence. Facts are very stubborn! This claimant Dr of rubbish is merely acting in the shoes of the likes of Leo, who was famous for the break-fast soccer matches. If you guys hate Bosso, beat it cleanly, but the game should attain its aesthetic value for entertainment, and circumvent exposure of the hidden agenda! After all we are all Zimbabweans, who will die and share the graveyard, hence lets make this world a fun for leisure and nothing else. Brotherhood and neighborliness should prevail throughout all spheres of socialization, hospitality and rationality ,which should also transcend to current and future generations.

  • mamawozwelo

    Gushungo we ZIFA you are a disgrace

  • Bosso4Life(the actual deal)

    Thanks Bongi for that well presented analysis ! However, it is likely that the usual biased contributions on this platform will first look at your name and then comment accordingly. Yes, there are just too many conflicts of interests that have been exposed concerning certain executive posts in PSL and ZIFA. All these are directed in favour of that mediocre spoon fed Harare team. One user yesterday suggested that other teams in PSL should refuse to play their remaining fixtures until due democratic processes are restored in the running of the country’s football regulators. I totally agree !!