Chiyangwa is what Zim football needs

JOHANNESBURG - Last week, I penned a column on the upcoming Zifa elections and its potential candidates; I am sorry to say I am compelled to do the same again this week.

This is a topical issue which is likely to grip the nation until the elections are effectively held and new incumbent is in office.

The same applies with the Fifa presidential race where our own business mogul and political heavyweight is set to slug it out with other candidates come February 26 next year. That is how big football politics is.


One critic this week pointed out that being a Fifa president is bigger than the Secretary-General of the United Nations and only plays second fiddle on the globe to the president of the US.

In most countries — save for Zimbabwe of course — the president of the football federation has more clout than the country’s serving president.

That is how big the game of football is. It is therefore not surprising that the stakes are high as far as the upcoming Zifa elections are concerned.

It is also not surprising that even the leading candidate, Philip Chiyangwa is leaving nothing to chance and has been up and down polishing his manifesto which is heavy with political undertones.

I am not sure whether Fifa is for this or not but one thing for sure is that the Zanu PF ticket is likely to influence positively to Chiyangwa’s victory.

I like his blueprint; it speaks the language everyone wants to hear, especially the players.

Promising to give them residential stands if they do well, is probably the biggest incentive any sportsman would want to hear.

The talkative Harare businessman — who of course is a lightweight compared to the likes of Tokyo Sexwale — has also put up really practical solutions on finding lasting answers to the perennial financial problems besetting Zifa.

Part of his solution is that he will approach the minister of Youth and Indigenisation to source funds for the national teams.

It is something which I said over and over again during Cuthbert Dube’s reign that the only way federations survive on the continent is through the help of the government.

I will repeat again, apart from Mzansi, Nigeria to some extent and a few North African countries, no association on the continent can survive without the government grant. It is impossible!

Chiyangwa knows it very well that corporate Zimbabwe is broke and does not have funds to sponsor any sport.

Cricket is lucky enough because almost all of cricket’s funding comes from broadcasting the world over.

What I don’t know for sure is whether the government has enough money to sustain funding football when rumours are that the Zimbabwean government coffers are dry and unfortunately again busy tightening screws on foreign investors.

But by and large, Chiyangwa’s blueprint, his Zanu PF ticket and big talk are likely to see him home.

Whether he will manage to survive a sport which is famous for leaving heavyweights broke on the continent, we wait to see but overall, I am for his leadership.

Football is not for the fainthearted. In Africa, it drains your resources than increase it.

It however, carries with it a huge clout which includes mingling with the world’s cream of society.

Chiyangwa is one person who likes public attention and playing to the gallery; this is his ticket to that limelight.

While some will be opposed to his candidacy, I believe this is exactly the medicine Zimbabwe needed.

Comments (8)

please be real,stop it!!!!

chihombori - 14 November 2015

Lets hope Chiyangwa or whoever will revive and raise our national team to reputable standards

Mwanakomana waNyashanu - 14 November 2015

Lets hope Chiyangwa or whoever will revive and raise our national team to reputable standards

Mwanakomana waNyashanu - 14 November 2015

Lets hope Chiyangwa or whoever will revive and raise our national team to reputable standards

Mwanakomana waNyashanu - 14 November 2015

chiyangwa does not deserve to be anywhere close to Zifa or where money is. He is untrustworthy , imbavha zvayo

Tianashe Hove Canada - 14 November 2015

We need people with a history of football not thieves. Zifa will make a big mistake. People will not attend matches. Study the current mood in people. The nation was even prepared to stand behind Benjie than Phillip zimbavha zvaro

Tinashe Hove - 14 November 2015

This shows how shallow minded are zimbabweans when time comes to fix their mess through vote they will always vote for rubbish . Now this rubbish called Siyangwa who has a dubious history in as far as fraud and corruption is concerned wants to bring that culture of corruption and fraud to zifa . Remember this is the guy who took over big companies in Byo and where are those companies today.For the write of this article to say Chiyangwa will win bcoz of zanu as if zanu is popular clearly shows the write is hallucinating and must return the money to Chiyangwa . The wind of political change is blowing fast and zanu will be out very soon then what happens to Chiyangwa bcoz the new govt will jail all corrupt people Chiyangwa included and that will mean zifa will remain without leader again . Juul is much much better of all those who want to be zifa bosses while Chiyangwa is not fit at all . But bcoz we have history of settling for nonsense we are likely to that happen which make our footballing agility decline further .

Diibulaanyika - 15 November 2015

dzosera chiyangwa mari yake iwe reporter.people like you and the zifa councillors are the ones who are responsible for the mess in which we are.chiyangwa is a very good comedian ,finito

mkanya - 19 November 2015

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