Football should be run by footballers - Juul

BULAWAYO – Zifa presidential aspirant Trevor David Carelse – Juul believes that the solution to the problems bedevilling local football is to let former footballers run the game.

Carelse - Juul was speaking to journalists at a press conference held at a Bulawayo hotel where he was flanked by a number of former football greats from the city.

“We have lost so much because we did not have footballers running football and what I want to do is to bring back the football into football.

“We have to put structures in place that will help to develop football and bring the people back to our stadia and it is the players who will do it,” he said.

A former Zifa boss during the Dream Team era, Juul said under his leadership the national association would revive the mechanisms that made it possible for the national teams to excel during his previous term.

“The Dream Team did not just happen, it took five years of planning and we worked hand in hand with Ben Koufie (who was the director of coaching back then) and the Zimbabwe Soccer Coaches Association to set up regional structures that made it possible for us to have one playing system for the whole country,” Carelse – Juul said.

The former Zimbabwe Saints and Eagles player who went on to coach Eagles and Dynamos added that Zimbabwe has got great talent and his mission would be to lead the nation to the World Cup finals.

“We have got to partner with stakeholders and create a brand, we had a brand in the past and that was the Dream Team but now we have to wake up and qualify for the World Cup.

“We have got to not only qualify for the African Cup of Nations but win it,” declared Carelse – Juul.

Prominent former footballers from the city of Bulawayo, Douglas “British” Mloyi, Cosmas “Tsano” Zulu, Ebson “Sugar” Muguyo, and Gibson Homela were among the former greats that graced the press conference.

Carelse – Juul was accompanied by veteran former Zifa administrator Lazarus Mhurushomana and promised that he would utilise the wisdom of veteran football personalities in the event that he is elected into power.

“Football will play a part in the development of this nation and I believe that the government should allow companies to put money into football and enjoy tax rebates.

“We have got incredible talent in this country and the majority of former players sitting here could have played overseas had we had the right systems and even right now the systems are not there,” Carelse – Juul said.

The Zifa elections are set for this Saturday and Carelse – Juul will battle it out with Cuthbert Dube (the incumbent), Nigel Munyati and Leslie Gwindi for the presidency.

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