Carelse-Juul for Zifa?

HARARE - As pressure mounts on Zifa boss Cuthbert Dube, former chairman Trevor Carelse-Juul has emerged as favourite to land the job in the post-Dube era. 

Dube was left on the brink this week after Government announced plans to sack him and his entire executive on charges of gross incompetence.

The Zifa boss has come under increased pressure to step down following the demise of the country’s number one sport in recent times and the Daily News is reliably informed that Carelse-Juul has been approached with an offer to run the game here as head of an ad-hoc committee.   

Sources close to the developments told the Daily News that Carelse-Juul, who lost the Zifa presidential elections to Dube last year following a rerun, is the preferred choice of a powerful force working behind the scenes to restructure Zimbabwean football.

The ad-hoc committee, we are told, will also include former players.

“They have done their research and have consulted several key football people and all the pointers are on Carelse-Juul. Most people feel he is the right person to revive our local football given his rich background in the game,” said the source.

“There could be also former national team players in the new set-up. The groundwork has been laid and some of the former players have already been identified.”

However, contacted for comment, Carelse-Juul, a top businessman based in South Africa, played down the talk linking him with the country’s top football post.

“Crazy news to me. Thanks for letting me know but no, not me,” Carelse-Juul responded when asked if he was prepared to accept the offer. 

Bulawayo native Carelse-Juul played top-flight football for Eagles and giants Dynamos before becoming the youngest ever coach, aged just 26, to guide the record Zimbabwean champions to a league title. 

He then served as Zifa chairman in the early 1990s, with one of the highlights of his reign being the Warriors’ 4-1 thumping of South Africa in 1992. He unceremoniously left office in 1993.

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