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No end to Sowetogate

The players who took part in the unsanctioned tournament are still to receive their appearances fees of R2 000 each.

Paul Gundani, the Fuz secretary general said his organisation was disappointed with failure by Zifa to put an end to the matter.

“Dhlakama (Rodwell) abused these players, so justice delayed is justice denied. We are about to send yet another letter to Zifa telling them that they must see to it that Dhlakama is not allowed to coach any club in the country until he is cleared by the association. Zifa must stand to its words of rebranding Zimbabwean football.

“We have approached the coaches association headed by Bekhi Nyoni but it seems as if we are not on the same wave length with them. We are reliably informed that there are a number of clubs that have been courting Dhlakama for a coaching post this season, so we want to stop that,” Gundani said.

Dhlakama and Collins Mahara picked a premiership select team and took them to South Africa in December were they participated in the tournament for social sides.

The select team lost to a South African club Trab Zone 1-0  and settled for the losing finalists prize money of R20 000.

The matter came to light a month ago, when players who took part in the tournament took matter to the Fuz, in a bid to recover their appearance fees from Dhlakama.

The players said that there were owed R2 000 appearance fees each and other allowances equivalent to nine games played in a space of one week.

Some of the premiership players who took part in the tournament in South Africa are Maxwell Nyamupangedengu, Martin Vengesayi, Daniel Kamunhenga, Solomon Nyangwaya, Tendai Nyamadzawo and Eddie Chitato.

Jonathan Mashingaidze, the Zifa acting chief executive officer said the association was taking the issue seriously as had the potential to tarnish the image of the association.

“We tried to talk to Dhlakama some few days ago and we were told that he was out of the country. But the truth of the matter is if he is guilty, the long hand of the law will always catch up with him,” said Mashingaidze.

“As an association we have asked him to present a full report on how the trip to Soweto was arranged. It’s only that the organisers are trying to be hard to deal with.

The truth of the matter is we have to protect the image of the association, the game of football and also taking into consideration that our country has just came out of four years of football mismanagement which saw our national team throwing matches for money,” Mashingaidze added.

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