Gwindi slams Chiyangwa, Juul

HARARE - Aspiring Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) president Leslie Gwindi says his rivals Trevor Carelse-Juul and Philip Chiyangwa are not fit to hold office due to their questionable backgrounds.

Gwindi, Chiyangwa and James Takavada were cleared by the Zifa Electoral Committee to stand in the December 5 polls while Juul has until today to regularise his papers.

Gwindi feels the committee should, however, throw out both Chiyangwa and Juul’s bid as they do not meet the criteria set out by the Zifa constitution article 32.

By so doing this will restore integrity to the local game which will in turn sanitise Zifa’s image and sponsors will come on board.

“We have been talking about reforming Zifa and talking about moving forward; cleaning up the image,” Gwindi told the Daily News.

“The image has more to do than talking. Do we follow our rules? When we look at corporate support, they look at if we follow our rules.

“They look at if we have followed the rules which we have set ourselves. If the institution that you want to work with does not follow its own rules then there is no credibility, integrity, there is no honesty and there is no accountability.”

Gwindi contends that Chiyangwa does not have a traceable history in football administration which the Harare businessman has already addressed, claiming he was a benefactor for lower league sides Chinhoyi United and Old Citrus Farm.

“Now there is a man who doesn’t have the credentials to stand and cars have already been monogrammed ‘Zifa 1’,” Gwindi said.

“This is bringing the whole game of football into disrepute. That’s not the spirit or the approach. We need to be very clear.

“We have come this far and the councillors have taken 10 steps forwards and I don’t see them taking 15 steps back. No!

“It’s now the responsibility of this vetting club. If this club allows this to go through then they will be countenancing and legitimising illegality.

“We have never heard of Philip running what these councillors have run in football. It’s like having a CEO of a company coming and taking over the army, saying I’m now a general.

“Have you ever gone through the trenches? Is that the right thing to do? That is where we reclaim our credibility.”

Gwindi added: “My outcry is that before we even look at the campaign, we need to be on the right footing. You look at whether we even have an electoral code? A guy who has not been nominated or cleared is already on a nationwide campaign. Is that what the code says?

“We need to look at that because those are the issues why some people are questioning. That’s why you look at some of us, we are very fair and observe the rule of law, order and discipline; we stayed away from campaigning until we are cleared.”

The former Harare City chairman said councillors must remain resolute and finish the process they started of cleaning football by voting for a person with football history when the elections come around next month.

“I take my hat off to the councillors for the courage they have shown first by kicking out Cuthbert Dube,” he said.

“I believe that all that has been said of councillors, they are on the right track in terms of reform. All those individuals (Chiyangwa and Juul) must be thrown out and football starts on a clean slate and continue sto reform.”

On his vision for Zifa if elected on December 5, Gwindi said: “Very briefly and very directly; the issue of integrity is very key. We have constitutional reforms that have to be carried out.

“We aim to be an extremely compliant organisation and that has to be realised. We need to be looking at issues that have to do with the debt.

“My team has a technical plan that they are going to unroll to attend to the debt; short term, medium term and long term. Taking into cognisance what the Sports minister said ‘government should not be doing everything for the association’.

“This is a pastime and national teams are government projects. Government projects in the sense that they brand the country. They present a face for the country but because the associations and executives that run these associations remain the babies of the associations.

Gwindi added: “We are going to unroll a very elaborate provincial and regional programme that looks at the game at large. There’s no need to reinvent the wheel. We have got schools that are there. We need to plug into those schools to develop football.

“That is very briefly. That is the way my presidency will tackle issues. If you look at my last year’s manifesto, we are pretty much looking at all those areas that have to deal with governance. It’s all about integrity and compliance that’s why I’m so extremely tough on compliance.

“If you are not compliant and you are a rogue organisation you will be thrown out. Zifa are not getting their stipend from Fifa because they have failed to meet the conditions after failing to produce audit books.

“Now we are messing up because of things we created on our own. We want to wake up tomorrow and start blaming someone. We must stop that.”


Comments (9)

Well done Mr Gwindi for saying rubbish..Bhora kuna Dr Phil..

gift chifamba - 10 November 2015

But Gwindi is talking sense here.Philiph is an idiot.

Rex Mutema - 10 November 2015

@gift chifamba are you for real or you are just a bum licking parasite. Chiyangwa cant be zifa boss because he has no clue about football but if zifa wants a fundraiser then Phil is the man, the guy knows how to make doh.

Tongai Dodo - 10 November 2015

Wityhout talkingf nosense or rubbish about the other, all we want and expect to see is that the Constitution and proper procedure is fully adhered to. Then councillors can select from the truely qualifying candidates. We do not need court after court to try and establish that the procedures were actually followed. ZIFA adhere to your Constitution in therse elections frullstop.

Brian Chikwati - 11 November 2015

Phil chiyangwa iZanu pf saka bhora ratusviba. Hakuna corporate world Icha Bvisa Mari. Phil is a lot of rubbish

che - 11 November 2015

Chiyangwa is the a spoiler. I foresee FIFA banning us totally because of this Dr. Phil fiasco. It will be Chief Justice Chidyausiku who will end up deciding the ZIFA President

Sabhuku - 11 November 2015

may the Zifa councillors please save the beautiful game. giving it up to chiyangwa's untamed ego is burying it for good

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profashaf - 11 November 2015

I say well done Mr gwindi , we are truely behind you.We no if elected you are going stand by words as you have done before .Zimbabwe needs someone who will save this beautiful game

kundi - 12 November 2015

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