Dube's fall should herald new era

HARARE - Cuthbert Dube has fallen!

His fall as the Zifa boss should breathe life in local football which has seriously regressed during the tenure of the deposed Harare businessman.

Zifa councillors met in the capital on Saturday and wielded the axe on Dube and two other board members — Fungai Chihuri and Tavengwa Hara — who were culpable in the destabilisation of Zimbabwe’s football.

While the suspension of Dube serves to justify the shrills and drowning calls by his critics to leave office, stakeholders must be warned of not repeating the same mistake they made in bringing him to run the country’s football affairs.

Dube was brought into mainstream football administration on the back of his success at Buymore which ended up playing topflight football after promotion from lower leagues.

This turned out to be bad judgment which was largely influenced by the media while ignoring profiles of other people who could have made a difference at Zifa.

Surely, there must be no way back for Dube this time around.

In choosing a man who should run the country’s football affairs, Zifa councillors should not be swayed by political affiliation and money, the controversial but deadly issues which had a paralytic effect on Zimbabwe football during Dube’s tenure.

Under Dube, the Warriors failed to qualify for every Africa Cup of Nations, World Cup and Zifa plunged into serious debts which today stand at more than $5 million.

Disconcertingly, Dube never attended Warriors and domestic matches, raising serious questions about where his interests lay.

Under his stewardship, employees and board members suffered abuse from his motor-mouth chief executive Jonathan Mashingaidze, whose fate could be decided in the coming days by the Zifa board. A divided house such as Zifa, with Dube seemingly siding with Mashingaidze in his destructive management, was never going to stand.

All football lovers must unite in having the game taken forward and that begins with an election of a deserving candidate not business people whose claim to good corporate governance is political affiliation.

Zimbabweans have had enough of these and they have not taken our football anywhere.

Being Zanu PF or MDC is not a qualification to lead Zimbabwe’s football.

In our case, the last thing that we would want to have is an aspiring candidate possessing an impressive curriculum vitae that is long on history and short on deliverables.

And that person must not be another Dube!

Comments (3)

"His fall as the Zifa boss should breathe life in local football..." - That is wishful thinking, nothing will change, ZIFA is a zanu institution. They will appoint another useless theiving so and so. Leo Mugabe might want another disastrous term at the helm.

Galore 123 - 18 May 2015

Honestly who are the correct two board members who fell by the wayside together with Cashbert Dube. is John Phiri included?

Mula - 18 May 2015

ZANU PF is reigning everywhere, its unfortunate that people in ZIMBABWE are not seeing the hand of MUGABE and ZANU PF in everything. There are no single elections or any organisation of any repute without Mugabe's hand. The real reason for the fall of these big guys and their failure beign and end with the fights within ZANU PF. So its not Dube or Chiguri but failures of ZANU PF in seconding professionals to run organisations professionally without interefering.

ananian - 18 May 2015

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