The Zimbabwe Football Association Electoral Committee is expected Saturday to vet names of candidates contesting the posts of ZIFA president, vice president and board members in an election to be held next month.
The ZIFA presidential candidates, who successfully submitted their names to the Electoral Committee yesterday headed by former Labour Court judge Sello Nare, are Phillip Chiyangwa, James Takavada, Leslie Gwindi and Trevor Carlsie Juul. Those contesting the post of ZIFA vice president are former Highlanders vice chairman Elkanah Dube, former Dynamos chairperson Lincoln Mutasa and former ZIFA vice president Omega Sibanda.
ZIFA spokesman Xolisani Gwesela said all processes would be conducted in conformity with the football body’s constitution and in adherence with the ZIFA code.
“In terms of the ZIFA constitution those that want to participate in the election of president should be 40 years and above, present evidence beyond any reasonable doubt that they have been in football administration for a period of five years and to also present a letter or clearance from the police that they have not been criminally convicted and also present evidence that they have been nominated by bonafide members of ZIF,” said Gwesela.
Contestants for the ZIFA board positions are former Warriors player Edzai Kasinauyo, Caps United chairperson Advocate Lewis Uriri, Joseph Musariri of Zimbabwe Beach Soccer, ZIFA Southern region chairperson Musa Mandaza, ZIFA Central region chairperson Felton Kamambo, ZIFA Eastern region chairperson Piraishe Mabena and former Lengthens director Beadie Mussa Gwasira.
The other contestants are former referee Wilfred Mukuna and former Shooting Stars chairperson Lewis Matindife.
Lovemore Dube, an independent soccer analyst said there are high hopes that the elections won't be rigged.