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ZIFA vice-president Omega Sibanda insists they are yet to receive a report from their High Performance Committee in order to make a determination on Warriors coach Ian Gorowa amid indications that recommendations have been made for the gaffer to be dismissed. The HPC, a sub-committee which is headed by Zifa board member John Phiri, has been meeting in the last two weeks to discuss the coach’s report on Zimbabwe’s failed 2015 African Cup of Nations campaign.

But the discussions were shrouded in controversy following HPC vice-chairman Gibson Homela’s public attacks on Gorowa and his decision to question the coach’s credentials and the manner in which he was hired by Zifa as the substantive coach following the end of German Klaus Dieter Pagels brief reign last year.

Although the HPC’s report has not yet been made public, there are indications that the committee has made a g recommendation to the Zifa board that Gorowa be shown the exit door.

However, Sibanda maintained that his board was yet to get any report from the HPC.

“I am not yet privy to anything. Once the High Performance Committee complete their report, they will hand it to the secretariat then there will be a full board meeting to discuss that report.

“But at the moment the president (Cuthbert Dube) is in Brazil so if a meeting is to be held, it would be only after he has returned,” Sibanda said.

Zifa chief executive Jonathan Mashingaidze could not be reached for comment on whether he had received the report as he is in Brazil together with the association’s president Cuthbert Dube ahead of the 2014 World Cup final.

The association’s technical director Maxwell Takaendesa Jongwe, who also sits on the HPC, declined to discuss their recommendations insisting that he could only do so once the Zifa board had dealt with their report.

“It would be unfair to discuss the recommendations before the board has met and I must stress that they are only recommendations.

“The recommendations must be dealt with by the board first because whatever the HPC is doing, it is for the board and if there is anything to be communicated to the board, it would be through the office of the CEO,” Jongwe said.

Public statements by both Phiri and Homela, appear to suggest that they have tried and convicted Gorowa long before they had even considered his reports.

This was also buttressed by Homela’s scathing attacks on Gorowa with the former Zimbabwe Saints coach also appearing to question the integrity of both the Zifa secretariat and the Zifa board for allegedly appointing the former Black Rhinos and Dynamos striker without verifying his coaching credentials.

Gorowa yesterday said he was also in the dark about the outcome of the HPC’s weekend meeting and declined to discuss the matter further.

But with the spirited attempts being made by the HPC to discredit and frustrate him, Gorowa may be forced into a re-think about his stay in the Warriors’ dressing room.

Former Zifa board member Benedict “Grinder” Moyo, ex Warriors and Chapungu coach Misheck Chidzambwa and retired Fifa referee Wilfred Mukuna also sit on the committee.

The other members of HPC are Charles Sibanda, Cosmas “Tsano” Zulu, Zimbabwe Soccer Coaches Association chairman Bheki Nyoni and the Zifa coaches’ administrator Mike Ngore, who is an ex-officio member.

However, the coach in his response to Homela’s outburst, came out guns blazing and also argued that he had no obligation to report to the committee.

“I must say I am really very disappointed with Gibson Homela. This is not the first time he has made accusations about but he has never spoken to me.

“The last time he made his analysis over our CHAN performance in the newspapers so I think he is just making a publicity stunt.

“I have never said I would not give my reports, I only said the other one is coming in due course.

In any case I do not report to the High Performance Committee and why are they now involved in the Warriors when they were nowhere near us before and during the game and when they did not even mobilise any resources for the team.

“The contract was agreed upon with the president and I have signed it and when I read through it there is nowhere where it is written that I am supposed to report to the High Performance Committee, I report to the Zifa CEO and clearly Gibson is out of line,” Gorowa said.

Source : The Herald

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