Time for Zifa, ZC to change

HARARE - The year 2014 will mark a turning point in the history of major Zimbabwean sporting disciplines, football and cricket.

Football, the country’s number one sport, will be out to atone for the disappointment of the last seven years where the Warriors missed out on the last four editions of the Africa Cup of Nations.

Under new coach, Ian Gorowa and a new generation of talented players plying their trade at home and abroad, Zimbabwe do have a genuine chance.

But it will all boil down to the administration of the game. A watershed Zifa election will be held in March, just a couple of months before the Warriors embark on the 2015 Afcon qualification quest.

That there is need for change of leadership at Zifa is a sentiment which has been on everyone’s lips, and we hope that will be the case in a few months’ time.

Zimbabwe’s failure to qualify for the last four editions of the Afcon can be narrowed down to several factors, one being the much-publicised Asiagate match-fixing scandal.

But let’s not  forget Zifa’s handling of this scandal left a lot to be desired, and as much as we condemn in the strongest possible terms, any form of illegal betting, fixing and bribery, it is hard to pin all our failings on this scam.

The current Zifa administration, hard as it is, must swallow its pride and take a hard look at itself, look us in the eyes and tell us if they think they have done a good job during their tenure.

There are some dinosaurs in that Zifa board that need to be relegated to the annals of football history in this country.

The nation will not miss them much.

Just like football, the country’s second most popular sport, cricket, has also lurched from one crisis to another.

Years of financial mismanagement have finally taken their toll on the game, with players and staff now having gone for five months without getting paid.

Like Zifa, the governing body of the sport, Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) must face the nation and explain why we have reached such alarming levels of crisis for a sport that was once a model of excellent corporate governance.

With the 1CC World Twenty20 coming up in March and the 50-over World Cup in 2015, ZC expects a windfall in revenue of around $25 million, which will go a long way in easing the current financial pressure.

But before that, the nation must demand an audit of what has happened in the previous financial years, which has sent tongues wagging.

Comments (1)

ZIFA &Zimbabwe Cricket find themselves in financial doldrums &maladminstration thanks to the unprofessional interference of Matibili`s blood dripping hands.The murderous despot wants to interfer in every facet of Zimbabwean life including Sport.Matibili initially started tampering with the smooth running of Rugby which was under the capable hands of Dave Ellman Brown because Rugby was well run by filthy rich farmers something Matibili loathed& as result Rugby fell from the lofty heights as the capable adminstrators resigned one by one.Matibili then send his murderous blue -eyed boys in the CIO to destabilise FOOTBALL by imposing his nephew Leo Mugabe on the Presidency 1993-2003,Zimfootball suffered immensely under the foolish Leo Zhuwawo.Leo went on to steal 66 000 Swiss Francs from FIFA &he was never arrested up to present day ,obviously Matibili shielded him from Prosecution.Chingoka &Bvute confined the once beautiful run Zimbabwe Cricket to financial ruin& both men are Matibili`s men.

Dr ZVICHAPERACHETE - 2 January 2014

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