Chiyangwa's Nehemiah pledge

HARARE – Businessman and Zifa presidential aspirant — Philip Chiyangwa — officially unveiled his manifesto last night by pledging to bring back Zimbabwean football’s lost mojo.Dubbed Triple R, the manifesto seeks to Rebuild, Restore, and Reposition local football to its glorious years.

“I want tonight to be remembered for what I am going to do for Zimbabwean football. Like Nehemiah, I am a man of action!

There are many reasons why I decided to run for Zifa president, chief among them my long-cherished dream to lead Zimbabwean football,” said Chiyangwa.

“I have also had conversations with you councillors, players, former players and members of the media concerning the state of our football, conversations that emboldened my resolve to take the bull by the horns and run for president.

“While others enjoyed and still enjoy the comforts of foreign countries, I identified and made myself visible to you and even though they found time to campaign via  videos, I was talking to you in person, hearing what you the councillors want to see change in our football, after all you cannot respond to a video, can you?”

Chiyangwa said he had critical milestones and offered himself to be judged by a plan which involves instituting a forensic audit to determine the mess in Zifa while installing measures that will strengthen the organisation.

“Together with my board, I will introduce, uphold and make transparent the processes of decision making and implementation. I will give back power to the executives board and ultimately to the Zifa council.

“My board and I will restore and reposition strategic corporate governance nits within Zifa known as Standing Committees.

“These Standing Committees will be composed of  you the councillors just like in the Parliament of Zimbabwe,” said Chiyangwa.

Chiyangwa said he would also strengthen weak corporate governance structures in Zifa and bringing an environment where there is trust, ethics, moral values and confidence.

He has a plan too for the ballooning Zifa debt which he said would be expunged through radical measures once he wins the presidency.

“The Forensic Audit will quantify exactly how much debt Zifa is in, a figure that will help us institute radical and aggressive mechanisms to expunge Zifa’s debt.

“It is important that Zifa learns and imitates Fifa, which has a very healthy bank balance and this is a target, my board, through my leadership will pursue with passion,” said Chiyangwa.

The Harare businessman said the success of the Mighty Warriors in the Olympic qualifiers which gave them the ticket to be in Rio De Janeiro next year, called for expansion of the women’s game.

Chiyangwa promised to lobby the ministry of Primary and Secondary Education, to allow more girls to participate in football.

He said he would put radical measures to improve football by focusing more on grassroots.

“As I have said in my manifesto, for us to participate at Qatar 2022, we have to invest in our children, we have to institute radical programmes that identify, nurture and promote talent within our children.

“I plan to lead a board and council that will restore junior football across Zimbabwe.

“My board will work with Naph, Nash and delivery affiliates in an effort to tap into their structures so that Junior Football can be Rebuilt, Restored and Repositioned through the guidance of a competent and transparent technical director,’ said Chiyangwa.

He added that he will bring back the Zifa Cup and involve Zimbabweans in the Diaspora who have an interest in the way local football is being run.

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