Dube, Blatter of this world

JOHANNESBURG - Events of the past week have been intriguing, astounding and have left football followers across the globe in total awe.

How do you explain Fifa’s sweeping move of suspending the all-powerful president Sepp Blatter together with Uefa boss Michel Platini, secretary-general Jerome Valcke and South Korean tycoon, Chung Mong-Joon.

The first three are effectively banned for 90 days while the Korean will sit on the sidelines for the next six years.

While 90 days amounts roughly to a mere three months, the surprise suspension of Blatter definitely heralds the end of the once mighty and feared Fifa boss.

It also ushers in a completely new-look world football governing body which is busy undergoing major reforms.

Are the goings-on at Fifa good for the world’s most popular sport? The answer to that question still needs to be tested when time comes.

As it stands, everyone is in shock on what the world holds for football, especially with regards to the dynamics on the African continent.

What is not in question is the pugnacious Blatter was a true friend of the African continent and his impending demise does not bode well for financially-struggling federations on the African continent.

Already the financial crunch biting the globe has claimed a big victim in Zifa president Cuthbert Dube who quit his position last Friday on the eve of an Extra Ordinary General (EGM) in the face of mounting pressure from the media, the public and government.

I am of the opinion that a lot of people have had their say on one Dube and I think “it won’t kill” if I may also add my say in the matter.

The thing is, since that salary scandal which claimed Dube was taking home around $500k a month in a country reeling under economic challenges, the public has never forgiven him and most want him “dead or alive”.

He has in fact been vilified and become a persona non grata in a country of his birth and his life will never be the same again going forward.

He tried and gallantly so to hang on to power, using his own vast resources but Zimbabweans never saw this and wanted him out of football by hook or crook.

To many Zimbabweans, Dube was bad for the game, was killing the sport and all the problems afflicting the game were his making according to the media and public.

I beg to differ, knowing how most people are gullible to media propaganda but that did not stop the sharp administrator from biting the proverbial dust.

The next question now is “does the end of Dube” mark a return to the golden era for Zimbabwe? Me thinks not.

I would also want to see what difference the new boss would bring, seeing there is little money the corporate world in Zimbabwe can put into football.

Yes, the government might try to salvage the situation here and there but in the long run, they will also throw in the towel.

Note, this is the very same government that is struggling to pay its civil servants and thinking of helping football is likely to be the last of their concern.

Unlike cricket which gets most of its revenue from television, football does not enjoy that luxury.

With Dube now part of history, it is interesting to see what the new president will do to salvage the situation.

No one has produced a situation-saving blueprint to convince me that anyone would do better than Dube.

For now, it is also goodbye to one Jonathan Mashingaidze and most of those who came in during Dube’s tenure.

Football, like politics, always claims all followers of the leader; harsh but very real.

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