PREMIER League governors have increased pressure on the Cuthbert Dube-led Zifa board by demanding an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) they insist they will hold with or without approval.
This comes after their signed March petition in which they requested an EGM to discuss “the state of football in the country” was turned down by secretary general Jonathan Mashingaidze’s.
The governors have refused to take no for an answer, and have written back to Dube in a letter also copied to Caf, Fifa, Sports minister Andrew Langa, the Sports and Recreation Commission, the Zifa CEO and board members informing them that the meeting is on May 16.
The members want to make an age analysis of Zifa creditors, among them former Warriors coaches Valinhos and Tom Saintfiet who have taken their cases to Fifa.
Fifa has since imposed a ban on the Warriors participation in the 2018 Fifa World Cup qualifiers which would only be lifted if Valinhos’ debt is settled.
Valinhos is owed US$81 000, while another former coach Ian Gorowa — who claims to be owed US$100 000 — is also threatening to take his matter to Zurich.
Mashingaidze turned down the request for an EGM saying the issues the petitioners wanted discussed would be dealt with by board president Dube in his annual report at the Annual General Meeting.
The AGM was set for April 25 but was rescheduled to June 27, much to the chagrin of assembly members who feel the constitution is being violated.
“We acknowledge receipt of your notice to reschedule the Annual General Meeting (AGM) to 27 June 2015 and the reasons for postponement cited therein,” they wrote.
“May you be reminded that more than a third of the assembly members requested for an urgent Extraordinary General Meeting in a letter sent to you by the signed assembly members on 16 March 2015.”
The Assembly members question the grounds of denying them the EGM since a third of its members had signed a petition requesting for one.
“In terms of the Zifa constitution, you are mandated to call for such meetings within 90 days if a third of the assembly members request such a meeting. In view of your notice to postpone the AGM to 27 June 2015, we the undersigned feel that you are violating the constitution which you must protect. The same constitution allows the undersigned members to proceed with the requested meeting if no joy is received from you and your Board.”
The members added that they would exercise their constitutional right by going ahead with the meeting despite the CEO’s resistance.
They argue that they have the right to an EGM as was the case with women’s football where such a meeting was sanctioned to engineer the ouster of boss Miriam Sibanda.
Eleven PSL clubs in Chapungu, Caps United, Chicken Inn, Dongo Sawmills, Highlanders, How Mine, Hwange, triangle, Tsholotsho, Hwahwa and FC Platinum are among those that have petitioned Zifa for the meeting and it is believed they want to push for the ouster of Mashingaidze.
Dube’s tenure is also in danger.