ZIFA central region fires Chapungu Queens

The Zimbabwe Women Football Central Region recently fired Air Force of Zimbabwe side, Chapungu Queens, from its association for alleged ill-discipline, after the side’s recent participation in a break-away league, led by suspended Zimbabwe Women Football board chairperson, Miriam Sibanda.

Sibanda, together with two other board members, Ben Mamoche and Edwin Magosvongwe, were suspended on April 20 by the sport’s councillours over a number of charges that included corruption. Her deputy Edith Langa took over on an interim basis pending finalisation of the case, while a running committee was also put in place.

The defiant Sibanda recently met with some selected women football clubs from across the country, including Chapungu Queens, where they agreed to conduct a break-away league that kick-started recently.

The development has since proved too much to contain for the sport’s central region leadership, resulting in them cracking the whip on the Queens.

Brightwell Kadenge, the region’s secretary, told The Zimbabwean that the leadership had resolved to fire the Queens, who sadly were the 2014 champions.

“We will not brook such unbecoming behaviour, which is not only subjudice, but is also a contravention of the ZIFA statutes,” Kadenge said, adding the Queens now stood fired from the region and would also have their 2014 championship status withdrawn.

“The region has thus withdrawn Chapungu from participating in any competition held within its jurisdiction and we have also revoked their 2014 championship. The medals and trophy presentation that had been set to take place soon has also been cancelled.”

The development now looks to spell doom for the Clemence Zuze-led charges. In the past, the side has been the region’s pride- sweeping all trophies in regional competitions.

Some of the club’s players last August powered the Zimbabwe Defence Forces select to victory, after they beat the Namibia Defence Forces team. The international future of other players who featured for the Mighty Warriors is now uncertain.

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