Juul hits campaign trail

HARARE - As the countdown to the Zifa presidential elections begin in earnest, aspiring candidate Trevor Carelse-Juul has hit the campaign trail as he began canvassing votes among the 58 councillors across the country.

Juul, who lost to Cuthbert Dube following a run-off in the March 2014 elections, is one of the four candidates bidding to succeed Dube as the association’s president in the elections set for December 5.

Harare businessman Philip Chiyangwa, James Takavada and former Dynamos and PSL secretary-general Leslie Gwindi are also contenders for the top football post in the country.

Chiyangwa has been hard on the campaign trail and launched his manifesto in Harare at the weekend.

On the other hand, Juul, who is based in South Africa, lost valuable campaigning time as he battled to have his candidacy approved by the Zifa Electoral Committee.

Juul’s representatives finally convinced the electoral committee that his residency and citizenship status allowed him to stand in the elections.

The issue surrounding his perceived ban by the Sports and Recreation Commission was also cleared, paving the way for the former Dynamos coach to roll out his campaign.

Juul arrived in his hometown of Bulawayo at the weekend where he met a number of councillors, who will vote in next month’s polls.

The businessman, who has made his fortune in architecture and property development, is hoping to meet the rest of the councillors before the elections and sell them his 10-point plan for Zifa’s revival.

“Football needs to be restructured. We need good professional football people and we must get the best man for the job. We must learn from our previous mistakes,” Juul told the Daily News.

“I believe Zimbabwean football needs to be restructured with a remodelled identity, we need to make dreams a reality. The people of Zimbabwe deserve success after all this time.

“After watching the last international game, I do believe what I always have, Zimbabwe has the talent to be a major force in Africa.

“What we need is clear vision, experience, administrative ability with the knowledge and love for the game. Remember football must be the winner at the end of the day.”

The former Dynamos, Mashonaland United and Bulawayo Wanderers player says he will implement the lessons from his time as Zifa chairman during the famed Dream Team era in the 1990s.

An architect by profession, Juul says his success in undertaking and completing 350 projects in 15 African countries and the United Kingdom is testimony of his ability to revive local football reeling from a  $6 million debt.

“We are building a business plan for football, we need to do the numbers game, analyse and restructure the debt on an agreed valuation and payoff period, so as not to burden the development of football,” he said.

“We will bring in a major auditing firm to work with us on this. We will also work with professional financial advisers to restructure and improve finances with sustainable revenues.

“The driver must have a clear objective for football success that will galvanise a united public support through success of our football teams as we enjoyed in the nineties with the Dream Team.

“We will need to engage with government and create an enabling environment that will see major investment in football, with tax incentives for investors, well-wishers, sponsors, advertisers and the football-loving public.

“Investment will flow into football once we can demonstrate we have a business plan with a recovery structure to generate sustainable revenue, with a development plan based on transparency and accountability.

“Partnering with the public to collective positive success with a membership structure that will ensure the required sustainable revenues to develop football from the schools, tertiary, regions, provinces up to the juniors, women and senior national teams.”

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