Ball in Zifa councillors' court

HARARE - Each time the Fifa World Cup is being held, the world comes to a standstill.

An enormous event that equates to a world war but at peace. It is a priceless event. It is about football. A great game

Does the game need anyone with money to happen? When Caf was established way back in 1957, the organisers never looked for people with money to take off. It was about passion.

When Fifa was established in 1914, it took them 26 years before they finally had a tournament in 1930.

They did not look for a rich man to assist them in funding the tourney.

It was brains and organisation. Practical hands-on at the coal-face. People who can profess to have passion for the game and are rich, go on to establish their own clubs like Patrice Motsepe, Moise Katumbi and Eric Rosen.

National football associations should be funded by governments, Fifa, Caf and cooperate sponsors.

What has been happening with our local game in Zimbabwe is a clear episode in a drama of the Animal Farm. But look where we are now.

If it was a personal life situation, it would be coined as Riches to Rags.

Just into independence our national football teams instilled fear into the continental football powerhouses.

We illuminated the continent with our brand of football. We had Bruce Grobbelaar at Liverpool, who made us proud with his performances. Credit to the guys who were at the helm of running the game then.

Did they come in with their money? I remember when I was picked for the first Zimbabwe national Five-A-Side team that went on to play the tournament in Netherlands in early 1988.

Everything was just spot on; five weeks in camp before the day of departure. Perfect!

Now my bone of contention is on the current crisis bedevilling our beautiful game; the rot at Zifa House.

It is a very sad situation. It has now developed into a circus. A sick joke.

People behaving like monkeys, scrambling to jump into Noah’s Ark and trading tirades as if it is the only thing left to do in the world. What a shame!

At Paul Gundani’s funeral most speakers clearly spelt out the need to have football in Zimbabwe, run by football people.

To be precise, former footballers must be involved in the organisation of football in the country.

We can no longer think that because there is a financial crisis at Zifa, therefore we need someone with bags of money to be the boss at Zifa House. This is ridiculous. Absolutely trifle.

Football is an industry that requires personnel qualified for that industry to run it.

We are just coming from the Cuthbert Dube error littered with avenues of failure, misgovernance, and lack of accountability.      

What kind of people are we Zimbabweans that we fail to see or read between the lines?

Time has come for us as a nation to demand change. Positive change in the running of our football.

That time is now, and only now.

However, the fate of our wishes is in the hands of the councillors, who hold the vote to determine who should be next to steer the ship on course.

It is up to them to choose and vote wisely. Maybe my little piece of advice to the councillors is: “The chains of habit are generally too small to be left until they are too strong to be broken.”

I hope God will divinely intervene to have our prayers answered. Amen and Amen. 

* Aisam is a former footballer who turned out for Triangle Ltd, Dairiboard, Rio Dairiboard, Dynamos and Arcadia United. Currently he is a member of the Zimbabwe Football Legends Association.

Comments (1)

True !! I am 101% behind you Aisam, the country is waiting with moistened breath to which way the so-called councillors will breath.

Mukanya - 25 November 2015

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