WASHINGTON DC —
At least four contestants for the post of ZIFA president beat Thursday’s deadline to submit their papers for the powerful post of the country’s soccer governing body.
According to some ZIFA officials, Phillip Chiyangwa, former Ziscosteel and Warriors player James Takavada, former ZIFA president Trevor Carlisie Juul and former ZIFA secretary general Leslie Gwindi, submitted their papers and paid the required $2,500 to the ZIFA Electoral Committee headed by former president of the Labour Court, Sello Nare.
Front runner Chiyangwa’s nearest rival, Alexander Maseko, failed to submit his papers after paying a fee of $50 to get the nomination papers.
Maseko said, “I did not submit my papers because there were a lot of things being demanded by the ZIFA Election Committee which included signatures of ZIFA councilors backing my nomination and my birth certificate that I left in South Africa.
“I paid the required $50 for picking up the nomination papers but time was not on my side to submit the papers. I will definitely contest the next ZIFA presidential election after making sure that I set up a team on the ground before coming to Zimbabwe.”
Chiyangwa’s running mate, Omega Sibanda, who was in the previous ZIFA executive as its vice president, told VOA Studio 7 they hope to win the two posts on December 5th.
“I put everything in the hands of the voters who are the councilors … Obviously if one gets into a race you expect to win. That is the truth. My running mate is none other than Phillip Chiyangwa, that’s the team to lead ZIFA.
“I am always there for transparency and accountability. That’s what we need and without finance we cannot progress in Zimbabwean football or in any organization. We talk finance, we talk football then football will go ahead,” said Sibanda.
Former Highlanders vice chairman Elkanah Dube and former Dynamos player Lincoln Mutasa, are also running for the same post. Other names are yet to be confirmed by ZIFA officials, who declined to release all names of contesting candidates saying they are still collating their information following the submission of nomination papers by all contestants.
It’s not yet known whether former Warriors player, Benjani Mwaruwari, filed his nomination papers for the post of ZIFA president. He was not available for comment.
Those vying for positions in the ZIFA Board are former Warriors player Edzai Kasinauyo, Advocate Lewis Uriri, Joseph Musariri of the Zimbabwe Beach Soccer, ZIFA Southern region chairperson Musa Mandaza, Felton Kamambo (ZIFA Central region chairperson), Piraishe Mabena (ZIFA Eastern region chairperson) and a man identified only as Gwasira.