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A FRESH scandal has rocked troubled zifa following revelations that an education officer, whose salary is subsidised by CAF, has not been receiving his dues — three years after being appointed.

This is despite the fact that CAF have been depositing US$$3 000 every six months as per laid down statutory dictates.

CAF education officer, Brian Moyo, was engaged on September 1, 2012, and according to the continental body’s handbook for education officers, he was meant to act as a football development manager, information provider and coursesseminars, coordinator for all matters related to football development, including but not limited to coaching, refereeing, administration and medical matters.

“To reach this goal, two means are essentially applied, firstly, a caf Education Officer is nominated by each respective National Association and confirmed by caf using strict criteria of selection.

“This Education Officer is paid through his federation US$3 000 every six months,” reads the handbook, authored by caf football development director Abdel Moneim Hussein.

“The EO represents for caf the ideal contact person to communicate and exchange content on Football Development projects undertaken by the Confederation, and to maintain and channel a direct link between caf and the MAs (member associations) in the areas linked to football education, teaching and development.

“It is important to clarify as well that each EO is an employee of the MA, subsidised by caf, and staying under the direct authority of the MA General Secretary,” reads the booklet. However, it has since emerged that while caf have been consistent in terms of depositing the US$3 000 every six months, which by now should be US$15 000 from the time Moyo was engaged, the money has been going somewhere other than its intended destination.

A check with some Education Officers from the region confirmed that they have been receiving their money through their associations.

Moyo refused to talk to the media yesterday referring all questions to the ZIFA communications manager Xolisani Gwesela.

“All caf grants are used for their intended purposes,” said Gwesela.

When pressed further to confirm that Moyo has been receiving his grant from caf, Gwesela said

“We are not going to give you more details because we don’t discuss human resources issues with the press.”

Further investigations revealed that zifa chief executive Jonathan Mashingaidze’s name appears on the official caf Education Officers’ list as one of the Education Officers.

While Moyo is supposed to be working from the association’s headquarters in Harare, he was transferred to the Bulawayo offices, under unclear circumstances, where he has been literally doing nothing.

“He will work with the zifa technical director in terms of quality control of all programmes and will facilitate all the protocol to visiting CAF, FIFA and other football delegates in the country,” Mashingaidze was quoted by The Chronicle in 2012.

Source : The Herald

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