Sikhumbuzo Moyo Senior Sports Reporter
A NEW financial scandal has rocked troubled Zifa following revelations that an education officer, whose salary is subsidised by Caf, has not been receiving his salary three years after being appointed.
This is despite the fact that Caf have been depositing $3,000 after every six months as per arrangement.
Caf education officer Brian Moyo, was engaged on September 1, 2012 and according to the continental body’s handbook for education officers, he was meant to act as a football development manager, information provider and courses/seminars coordinator for all matters related to football development, including but not limited to coaching, refereeing, administration and medical matters.
The Caf education officer is nominated by each respective National Association and confirmed by Caf. The officer is then paid through his federation $3,000 every six months.
Caf also provides $3,000 to enable the officer to buy tools for his job such as laptops, LCD beamers, overhead projectors, CDs and DVDs.
The officer is the Caf contact person when it comes to issues such as football development projects and education.
It has since emerged that while Caf has been paying the $3,000 every six months, the money was not paid to Moyo.
A check with some Education Officers from the region confirmed that they have been receiving their money through their associations.
Moyo refused to talk to the media yesterday referring all questions to the Zifa communications manager Xolisani Gwesela.
“All Caf grants are used for their intended purposes,” said Gwesela.
When pressed further to confirm whether or not Moyo has been receiving his grant from Caf, Gwesela said: “We aren’t going to give you details regarding the issue because we don’t discuss human resources issues with the press.”
Further investigations revealed that Zifa chief executive officer Jonathan Mashingaidze’s name appears on the official Caf education officers’ list as one of the education officers.
While Moyo is supposed to be working from the association’s headquarters in Harare, he was, under unclear circumstances transferred to the Bulawayo offices where he has been literally doing nothing.
“He will work with the Zifa technical director in terms of quality control of all programmes and will facilitate all the protocol to visiting Caf, Fifa and other football delegates in the country,” Mashingaidze was quoted by Chronicle Sport in 2012.
Many programmes that were meant to fall under Moyo have been conducted without him.
A Caf coaching course is underway in Kwekwe under the supervision of the Zifa technical director Max Jongwe while Zifa competitions manager Weston Mabhande is set to attend a two-day Fifa Club Licensing seminar in Cairo, Egypt next month. Other countries are sending their Education Officers.