Gumbo ousted as women’s soccer chief

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MIRIAM Sibanda is the new Zimbabwe women football chairperson after beating incumbent Mavis Gumbo 22-20 in an election held on Saturday in the capital.
It was an end of era for the Gumbo leadership as she paved way for the former Sunday News News Editor journalist and Twalumba Football Club director.
Gumbo’s downfall can be partly attributed to last year’s failure to run the national league after sponsors Marange Resources queried the use of some funds and the failure to pay the Mighty Warriors after they win over Botswana two weeks ago.
The fiery Gumbo, who stood and lost on a Zanu PF ticket as a councilor in last year elections, has also accused some media houses of taking Sibanda’s side.
Elizabeth Langa seated side by side with Sibanda went on to win the vice chairperson post by 30 votes for 11, beating Cecilia Malunga Mudzama who was sat beside Gumbo.
The 4 board members voted are Cecilia Gambe who polled the highest votes of 30, Benny Mamoche with 26, Trust Kwembeya 26 and Edwin Magosongwe 21.
After these elections, attention will now turn to the main Zifa Board where incumbent Cuthbert Dube will battle Trevor Caresle-Juul, who is seeking a return to the game after 21 years in the wilderness, Leslie Gwindi and Nigel Munyati.
There are only two candidates for the position of vice president with former Highlanders chairman Elkanah Scott Dube favourite to beat player agent Omega Sibanda.
On Sunday, 10 provincial chairpersons met in Harare to endorse Dube for a second term in office.
The Zifa Council is made up of 62 members, with 16 coming from the Premier Soccer League alone while the regions-North, South, Central and East have also thrown their weight behind Dube.Advertisement