Juul outlines plans for local football

HARARE - Trevor David Juul says his past experiences as Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) chairperson will give him the ammunition to revive local football if he is elected back in office.

Juul is set to contest against the incumbent Zifa president Cuthbert Dube, outgoing board member for marketing, Nigel Munyati and Harare City chairperson, Lesie Gwindi in the watershed election scheduled for March 29.

An architect by profession, Juul outlined his ambition to deliver Zimbabwean football from the quagmire of financial debt and damaged reputation at his manifesto launch in the capital at the weekend.

The former Dynamos and Eagles coach, who Zifa chairperson in the early 90s during the ‘Dream Team’ era, said he will bring sanity back to local football.

“I’m going to bring a structure that will bring money into football,” he said. “I have a 10-point plan that includes establishing a formal working relationship with government through partnership and creating an enabling environment.

“I met up with the finance minister (Patrick Chinamasa) and they have to make policy that if you invest in football its tax deductible.  A lot of these structures were there before but we have to get them back.

“We had Netbrew, Coca-Cola, banks that used to sponsor football. They can all be brought back into football especially if the environment is right.”

Juul, who is one of Africa’s leading property developers, says he will apply the same principles that in football that have made his a success in his business.

“I have businesses today all over Africa. I’ m a developer probably the biggest developer in Africa.  I have developed over 300 major projects in 17 countries in the past 25 years at a value of over $2 billion,” he said.

“I have just come from Nigeria where the president was viewing a six star hotel we are currently building.

“I have built hotels all over Africa, hospitals, universities and schools I understand what it takes to develop a project on time and on budget.

“This is a project for me to develop football and take Zimbabwe to the World Cup and make it into a business.

“I designed and built a building in this country - Angwa City. It is the only building in Africa’s history in 60 years to win the prestigious BCI International award.

“We built Angwa City when inflation was running in thousands but we delivered the building on time and within budget.”

Juul said the football standards in the country have gone down and likened himself to the Biblical David.

“I took up the call of Zifa chairman when I was very young. At that time I was the youngest FA chairman in the world,” he said.

“I was 32, 33. God calls you in different ways. I’m a David. I believe I was called at a very young age. And now is the time. Because where is football today in this country? There is a quagmire.

“We can’t carry on the way things have been going. Why am I here it’s to fix things, I’m not here for the glory or money. I’m a very wealthy man and I can tell you that.

“But I can be wealthier if our football grows. I’m in the second half of my life. I spent my first half strategising positioning myself ad now is the time to close the game.

“I’m ready to stand up and be counted. I’m a believer in more ways than one. Let’s take Zim football to a level it has never been.

“We want to us assemble for good news with people wanting to know wants going on. And that was the case when I was chairman before.”

Juul, who led Dynamos to their 1983 league champions when he was only 26-years old, said he will aim to stabilize Zifa’s financial standing.

“Football should not be losing money,” he said.  “We should not have a football that does not have an FA Cup. I grew up with the Castle Cup and the Zifa Cup. How can we not have a cup with all the corporates in this country?

“The first time we had television rights was under my leadership. That was when SuperSport came here to broadcast the first game against South Africa, the memorable game, the birth of the ‘Dream Team’.

“When people didn’t give us a chance we won that match 4-1, when no one gave us a chance, little Zimbabwe came along and gave them a football lesson.

“We were disciplined, we were skilled but most of all we had the passion and the belief that we could do it, there after you could not get a seat at the stadium because we started winning.”

“We brought the banks in to control the money.”

Comments (3)

I know Juuls so much,he will win especially when armed with the dream team era.

josefa chinotimba - 24 March 2014

It's time for change. let the new blood Juuls win and manage ZIFA as it should be

nina - 25 March 2014


mADOndo ft - 26 March 2014

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