Zifa president Phillip Chiyangwa has been reported to the Fifa Ethics Committee by his nemesis former Zifa chief executive officer (CEO) Jonathan Mashingaidze. The former CEO was given a life ban by Zifa and is being sued at the High Court on allegations that he stole US$700 000 and assumed a US$7 million debt for the football association. However, Mashingaidze laughed off the life ban which he described as the “joke of the year.” Mashingaidze hit back by reporting Chiyangwa to Fifa Head of Ethics Gautier Aubert. He accused Chiyangwa of “corruption, vote-buying, bribery, abuse of office, general corruption and mismanagement of football affairs in Zimbabwe…”
An excerpt of Mashingaidze’s letter to Aubert reads:
Mr Chiyangwa, according to records at hand, had never been involved in association football all his life prior to December 2015. He had never even run a social team. He did not have the remotest contacts with Zimbabwean football until his dramatic entry into Zimbabwean football in 2015.
Records to that effect are available. Mr Chiyangwa also presented false football credentials to the Zifa electoral committee claiming that he had been part of the Futsal family in Zimbabwe.
For the Fifa Ethics Committee’s record, Mr Chiyangwa, whose academic qualifications and literacy level is questionable, had no idea, prior to the Zifa elections, what Zifa, Cosafa, CAF and Fifa stood for. He did not even know how many players constitute a football team.
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