Dube warns rivals as Warriors slump on rankings

HARARE - The Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) Constitutional Review Workshop began on Thursday with president Cuthbert Dube taking the opportunity to declare that his victory for a second term in office is certain.

The association will hold its elections next year and the three-day workshop is being held to make sure that the new proposed Zifa constitution is in line with Fifa statutes before it is implemented.

A Fifa delegation comprising of development officer for southern Africa, Ashford Mamelodi as well as senior manager for member associations, James Johnson and the world body’s legal counsel in the Legal Affairs division, Simone Stude are in attendence.

Dube, who will be seeking a second term in office, however, issued a threat to all his possible rivals in next year’s election that he will deliver a landslide victory.

“I would like even 20 contestants. I will still beat them in fact when we are going for these elections next year,” Dube said.

“I would like to have a public platform whether on radio or television where contestants come out in the open and tell the people their dreams. But dreams are dreams and they will remain just dreams.”

Dube and his entire board have come under heavy criticism for the way they have handled football issues since coming into office in 2010.

Both the Under-17 and Under-20 national teams have failed to fulfil their international assignments in Angola under Dube’s watch.

During Dube’s reign, the Zifa flagship team, the Warriors have also failed to qualify for the 2012 and 2013 African Cup of Nations finals together with 2014 World Cup.

Last month, the Warriors travelled with only 14 players, coach Klaus-Deiter Pagels and team physio Farai Muguwu for a 2014 World Cup qualifier in Guinea.   

Speaking on the process of finalisation the constitutional reforms, Dube said: “Our constitution has been changed about 20 times, which is not healthy. (But still) we feel it had a lot of imperfections and so by getting Fifa involved we will come up with a near perfect constitution.

“Our statues over the years have been manipulated by selfish and corrupt individuals who believed that football was an open cast mine with no ground rules.”

Meanwhile, Zimbabwe has dropped 12 places on the latest Fifa/Coca Cola World Rankings after a dismal performance in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers last month.

The Warriors fall from position 102 to 114 on the world rankings and dropped four places on the continental rankings. They are now raked 31 from 27 in Africa.

Comments (1)

Dube do you know what opencast mining is all about. looks like we have another Mugabe in the making

Wastak - 5 July 2013

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