ZIFA technical director Nelson Matongorere has been fired for voting as then Zimbabwe captain Tapiwa Kapini for the 2012 Fifa Balon d’Or awards
He has been on suspension since the story broke out last October, but a decision was only reached on Monday.
Part of the judgement read: “His conduct indeed tarnished the image of the complainant given the nationwide publication of the scandal and the people entitled to vote were fraudulently disenfranchised. Football is the de facto national sport and it is on its knees financially.
“Sponsorship is its lifeblood and sponsors only associate with organisation who exhibit good corporate governance and transparency. The effect of the respondent’s conduct on the general public must also be considered.
“The fact that the Chief Executive Officer signed the ballot papers only serves to prove that the respondent succeeded in deceiving him, nothing more. The respondent cannot be allowed to now turn around and rely upon that ‘success’ by pleading it is a mitigating factor.
“The offence itself is of a very serious nature as it involves dishonesty. Dishonesty goes to the root of the employer-employee relationship. It must be noted that by his own submission, respondent’s continued employment with the complainant had become untenable given his relationship with his immediate superior, the chief executive officer, but that is beside the point.
“We refuse to be drawn into his personal battle with the chief executive officer. We are mindful of the fact that … disciplinary action in the first place should be educational and corrective and that punitive action should only be taken when the said earlier steps have proved to be ineffective.
“However the seriousness of the offence and the circumstances in which it was committed which were of the respondent’s own making display a high degree of moral blame worthiness and dictate that no penalty other than dismissal can meet the justice of the case.
“This employer and employee relationship is based on trust which once lost, the relationship can be terminated. Accordingly, it is ordered that the respondent be dismissed from complainant’s employ with immediate effect.”
Zifa is also expected to finally release the judgement in the case of Harare City chairman Leslie Gwindi, who was charged for bringing the game of football into disrepute after attacking Premier Soccer League sponsors Delta Beverages, Zifa for hiring Klaus Pagels as Warriors and the general administration of the game.Advertisement
Gwindi wants to stand as PSL chairman in this year’s elections in March, but any ban would stop him. It is also understood that City have already put contingency measures in place if he is banned and have earmarked Prosper Chonzi, who also works for the municipality, to take over.
Chonzi is also a Harare businessman and is a former Young Warriors team doctor.