Juul saga could spill into courts

HARARE - Trevor Carelse-Juul bid for the Zifa presidency could end up in court after he ‘‘failed’’ to submit critical papers to support his nomination as it emerged that he would be disqualified for failing to meet the criteria set for prospective candidates.

The embattled businessman is bidding to replace sacked former Zifa president Cuthbert Dube but rivals groups have put up an aggressive campaign to have him barred from contesting, basing their plans on his sacking by the Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) in 1993 and a clause which requires prospective candidates to be residents of Zimbabwe to participate in the elections.

The Daily News was last night told by authoritative sources that Carelse Juul had failed to submit a copy of his passport to prove that he is a resident of Zimbabwe and did not submit finger prints taken by Zimbabwean police which would prove he has no criminal record in the country, although Carelse Juul’s agent, Stanley Makombe, said they had been cleared by local police.

These critical documents were requested by the Zifa electoral committee which sat Saturday to vet all the prospective candidates for the presidency and board members positions.

Carelse Juul had been given up to end of day yesterday to submit the documents including a clearance letter from the SRC which suspended him in 1993 on allegations of failing to remit their levies.

In wake of this development, sources last night told the Daily News that Carelse Juul risked being disqualified because he had failed to meet the requirements.

“His agent was told in no uncertain terms that he had to submit the required papers failure of which he would be disqualified,” said sources.

However, Makombe told the Daily News that they had met the criteria.

“Everything is above board. The police clearance we submitted was from the Zimbabwe Republic Police. The form and the finger prints were taken in South Africa but the actual verification and clearing was done here in Zimbabwe.

“We did no put the actual passport because according to the law there is no requirement to do so. That is not part of the conditions and none of the other candidates was required to do so," said Makombe.

“You must remember that Trevor is a businessman who frequently travels and we didn’t want to submit the actual passport since he regularly uses it. What we did is attach the page of Trevor’s passport that bears all his personal details to show that he holds Zimbabwean citizenship We also provided a telephone bill and his ID to show that he is indeed a resident of this country.”

Carelse Juul will now have to wait for the response from the electoral committee which reconvenes this Friday.

“We believe that after our submission today (yesterday) our candidate Trevor is going to be confirmed as one of the candidates for the Zifa presidential election,” said Makombe.

“What we have done is abide by submitting all they have requested and when we made reference to the law we made sure we submitted what they require. I must put it straight to the fans and potential sponsors that are waiting to be part of the new Zifa leadership.

“If he (Juul) was suspended within the football structures obviously it would have specified the tenure of the suspension. Because it happened within the 90s in any way it would have elapsed but we must put it straight that he was not suspended.

“If for any reason he was suspended under the Sports and Recreation Commission that would have been concluded as government interference whereupon Zimbabwean football would have been suspended by Fifa.

“But in any case it did not happen which confirms that there was no suspension of the Trevor-led leadership from the Sports and Recreation Commission.”

Makombe added: “The provisions of these elections are guided by laws of the game, the Zifa constitution, the Fifa statutes and of course with conformity with the laws of the country.  

So we believe that against all the facts we have gathered in terms of the requirements, we have submitted abiding by those laws. There’s no reason outside the provisions of the law that we will not be confirmed as an official candidate to compete alongside other candidates that have already been confirmed.”

In the event that the electoral committee once again bars Juul from running in the elections set for December 5, he is prepared to take the matter further according to Makombe.

“Assuming it is denied for some unexpected reason, he is not going to stop there. He is going to ensure that justice is given upon him to equally participate as a fellow Zimbabwean,” he said.

“The fact that he is staying in South Africa does not mean he is not a Zimbabwean. Mind you the new constitution allows dual citizenship. Once you have dual citizenship, you have citizenship for Zimbabwe on the basis of being born in Zimbabwe. The issue of residence cannot be contested.

“I think this is a very influential position and there are many people who are politicking strategies to be able to bring themselves as better candidates. Look, it is the same Zifa that employed Ian Gorowa, who was based in South Africa. Why didn’t they ask how they can employ a coach, who is resident in South Africa?

“Gorowa would fly in and out to come and coach and during his tenure he did quite well. For any reason I’m must tell you that because Zimbabwe is part of the global village; flying from South Africa is only one-and-a-half hours. I don’t see why we should use petty reasons to outwit Trevor.”

The Zimbabwe National Soccer Supporters Association president Eddie Chivero last week called for Juul to be arrested for his involvement in the corruption case dating back to 1993.

Makombe said those claims would not deter Juul and this subsequent clearing by the Zimbabwe Republic Police should put to bed such talk.

“I can assure you the scenario is that there is so much support and anticipation from stakeholders and they have been phoning me as the official agent of Trevor to understand why those flimsy issues have been raised,” he said.

“We have said Trevor is a law- abiding citizen of Zimbabwe and for that reason whatever they have requested we are going to submitting according to the law and then we await the next move.

“The law is very specific and we are confident. Trevor has remained very focused about his vision to transform football irrespective of the storms and tantrums that are being thrown at him.

“He has remained focused and he is determined to win. His heart is with football and it must be remembered that he played football in Zimbabwe. He coached in Zimbabwe. He became chairman of Zifa during the 90s when the height of success of football happened during his leadership.”

If Juul’s nomination sails through, he will have to battle it out against Zanu PF politician and businessman Philip Chiyangwa, former Harare City chairman Leslie Gwindi and former Ziscosteel defender James Takavada for the Zifa presidency.

Chiyangwa, Takavada and Gwindi have already been cleared to stand in the election.

Comments (6)

I wonder why such conditions are now being mentioned to someone who once contested as President before? surely Zimbabwe would not want another Dube again who only bribes the Councillors and journalist at the expense of the country.Zimbabwe will descend into worse conditions in terms of administration of soccer if this Chiyangwa is elected for his administrative shortcomings have been documented before.He is in soccer for prestige reasons while other are genuine administrators with genuine love for sport

johnson - 11 November 2015

i think Juul should be allowed to contest election. That SRC never represented the people. Juul contested before and let stop politicking. if the race has been won tell us. lets not put blockades on soccer loving people.

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profashaf - 11 November 2015

someone was once convicted for selling state secrects wani

charles - 11 November 2015

Makadyiswa mari naChiyangwa full stop!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dee Key - 13 November 2015

If Juul was allowed to contest in the last zifa elections where is the problem now.whats the fuss?Let him contest like anyone else.Once the game of football is politicized everything goes wrong.zifa will die a natural death if this so called businessman takes over.the man is the worst person to take the zifa presidency.

Shasha - 13 November 2015

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