Zimbabwe Women’s Football boss Samukeliso Silengane is facing a possible ban for allegedly asking a bribe from a potential service provider.
Silengane was given marching orders from the Cosafa LOC a few days before the regional women’s football tournament kicked off in Bulawayo.
According to B-Metro, charges against Silengane are that she asked for bribe from potential Cosafa Women’s Championships service providers in order to get them business.
Complaints about her conduct were raised to the LOC chairman and Zifa vice-president Omega Sibanda.
Sibanda reacted swiftly by booting her out.
Information gathered from an anonymous source suggests that ZIFA will make the final decision on her actions once the COSAFA tournament is over.
“Zifa will wait until the Cosafa tournament is over and then go after her. Sibanda and the Zifa president (Philip Chiyangwa) want to protect the integrity of Cosafa so the allegations against Silengane will be fully investigated after the tournament,” said the source.
“Local women football falls under Sibanda’s portfolio so he wouldn’t want to set a wrong precedent that corrupt administrators can walk scot free.”
If a full investigation by Zifa into the bribery allegations is launched and Silengane is found guilty, she could lose her position in the Zimbabwe Women’s Football executive.
Transport and security companies (names withheld) that she allegedly approached and asked for “kickbacks” in exchange for business are said to be ready to co-operate with Zifa.
However, ZIFA spokesperson Xolisani Gwesela said the COSAFA LOC was focusing all its energy on hosting a seamless tournament so any pending issues would be shelved, for now.
“She was served with a letter of suspension but I’m afraid I cannot go into detail on why she is no longer part of the local organising committee. We are focusing on hosting a successful tournament so any issues will be looked into at a later stage,” said Gwesela.