Chiyangwa bans coup plotter Gwindi from all football activities

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THE Philip Chiyangwa led Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) has barred three administrators from participating in any football activities in the country.

ZIFA secretary general Joseph Mamutse said Leslie Gwindi, John Phiri and Fungai Chihuri had been banned from participating in any football-related activities in the country because of plotting a coup against the association’s elected leadership an act which was a direct violation of the organisation’s constitution.

“The resolution was unanimously made by the ZIFA Executive Committee at its meeting on the 13th of April 2018, citing the above individuals’ gross violations of the ZIFA constitution and their establishment of parallel structures in an attempt to usurp power from constitutionally elected officials,” said Mamutse in a statement sent by the association’s spokesperson Xolisani Gwesela to the media on Sunday.

“The reasons for the three’s expulsion are peddling falsehoods and unfounded allegations against legally elected leadership in a bid to overthrow a legitimately installed leadership, establishing illegal parallel structures meant to destabilise legitimate administration structures and attempting to wrestle power from elected officials and absolute disdain and disregard for the ZIFA constitution and the ZIFA Rules and Regulations,” he said.

Mamutse said the three expelled football administrators ceased to be members of the football family and were not allowed to associate with or represent any bona fide member of the football family.

Chihuri and Phiri are former Zifa board members while Gwindi is the former Harare City FC chairman.