I'll bring sanity back to Zifa - Gwindi

HARARE - Leslie Gwindi says he will bring back sanity into local football if elected to be the new Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) president during this weekend’s election.

Gwindi, who will battle against incumbent Cuthbert Dube, outgoing board member for marketing Nigel Munyati and ex-Zifa boss Trevor David Carelse-Juul, launched his manifesto at a local hotel yesterday.

The Harare City chairman accused the current Dube-led board of running down Zimbabwean football and called for change.

“Dube and his board (including Nigel Munyati) came into power promising to change the face of football by engineering a lot of programs. But a four year term in which all the wheels came off at the football house, Zimbabweans were taken from one crisis into another with no let up,” said Gwindi in his manifesto.

“Anybody reading Zifa’s roll of events would be forgiven to think, football indeed ceased with the arrival of Dube in power.

“During the entire term, the association failed to produce any accounts of work to the Assembly, a cardinal sin – let alone audited accounts to Fifa. The financial books at Zifa are non-existent and so is the assert register.”

Gwindi also launched an attack on the present board of flouting the Zifa constitution and working outside the prescribed Fifa statutes.

“One of the key requirements is to re-establish the functionality of the constitution and respect what the constitution says, which is critical,” said Gwindi.

“If you notice all the issues that have to do with Zifa in the last couple of years, it has been around the constitution. It has either been a highly secretive document or non-existent so therefore not respected and that is going to be a thing of the past.

“We need to bring back Council; the Assembly to be the supreme policy making body and we need to be very, very cognisant and compliant with the statutes of Fifa and ultimately Zifa.

“Because of that there has been a complete lack of good governance. There has been total flouting of the rules of governance and that does not alga well for a professional organisation and that is very key.

“I’ve emphasised this very strong because it underpins the origins of good governance. If you don’t respect your constitution and if you don’t operate within the statutes of Fifa, you will be unattractive as an organisation.”

For Zimbabwean football to regain its former glory, Gwindi intends to re-establish “one well coordinated National Junior Football League”.

“I really believe in the rejuvenation of the National Junior Policy and I want to really say quickly that we have got a lot of stick as to the extent of the amount in our budget for Harare City this year,” he said.

“We have defended the budget and one of the ways we have defended it that we are coming up with a very robust Harare City junior football program that requires a lot of finances.

“That is again a belief that we need to go back to our Junior Policy because what we are building up today will only bear fruits maybe fives or eight years from now.

“If you look at countries like Ghana and Cameroon; they have either the junior teams that have won the Under-20 World Cup and they now have very strong national teams.

“Up and until you do that there is no way you can go forward. There are so many ways to do it and we are going to be very clear to the Premier Soccer League that every club must have a junior programme.

“We will assist the clubs to do that in terms of technically, human and financial resources. That will be the essence of our football association.

“We will plug into the schools. We want to go back into the schools at provincial and regional level. It is one of the targets of every provincial and regional leaders, that they must satisfy assembly in their reports that they have started doing that.                       

“At the end of our tenure we want to look back at our work and say we have created so much, 50 or 60 Academies around the country and what are the products coming out.

“At the end of the day these programs do not require finance but its planning; good planning, good systems and there is no system that can beat the education system that Zimbabwe has.

“In the process you also want to build a women’s league from the grassroots. We want to assist the women who have been ignored because there are some people that have a perception that women’s football is not exciting.

“We have seen what the Mighty Warriors have done; they are probably brought the most excitement because we didn’t have a (men’s) national team to talk of.”

The former PSL and Dynamos boss also proposed to approach Fifa and government to tackle Zifa’s alarming debt that has risen above $6 million.

“We have a robust programme and plan to deal with our debt. Sitting from outside here we don’t know who is owed. The first thing we want to do is look at that debt which has ballooned to an excess of $6 million,” he said.

“We want to look at who is owed what, separate the issues and take that to Fifa, come back home and engage our first and most important partner the government to give them a plan on how we are going to liquidate that debt.

Gwindi also intends to turn the Warriors into formidable force once again by making sure they qualify for all the forthcoming African Cup of Nations.

He also said that he will ensure Zifa brings back the knockout Football Association Cup which created a lot of exciting in the past years.

Comments (3)

An insane man bringing sanity to an insane organisation. Child's play indeed!

mosquito - 27 March 2014

Va Gwindi that is merely a campaigning statement.You can never have normal sports in an abnormal country. Two days in office you will be singing a different tune. The Zimbabwean economy collapsed a long time ago and you know it well. So where are you going to get the money from? Who is his normal senses can pour money into soccer in Zimbabwe. FIFA once gave Zimbabwe a lot of money for development purposes and that money went into someone's pocket.That someone was never arrested nor prosecuted and in your sober senses you think FIFA has forgotten that?After all Va Gwindi give others a chance.Imbodyayi ku city of Harare.Makambodya ku PSL wani makore aya

SHAVA - 27 March 2014

va Gwindi munongodawo zviro se bin

pasi na gwindi - 29 March 2014

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