Kasinauyo's Zifa plea

HARARE - Aspiring Zifa board member Edzai Kasinauyo says he presents the only credible option for the development of football in the country if voted into office.

The former Zimbabwe international midfielder will go up against nine other candidates who are also vying for Zifa board member posts.

The 40-year-old says if he is elected onto the Zifa board he would use his experience to improve youth football by working hand-in-hand with the relative partners to establish organised structures in schools, districts and at provincial level.

Kasinauyo, a successful businessman since he called time on his playing career, says his decision to contest the Zifa board member position was inspired by his desire to make a contribution to a sport he has grown up associating since his childhood.

The former Moroka Swallows and Ajax Cape Town midfielder says he will bring his unquestionable managerial expertise and improve professionalism in the running of the game by strengthening structures and ensure they are respected.

“I feel there is no shortcut in football. It’s a long term process which requires us as a country to know exactly what we want to achieve as a football nation,” Kasinauyo said.

“For me, getting onto the board is to try and push policies which matters most, which translate into helping our game also financially. We need to be able to look at development as it is key for our football to move forward.

“There is need to lay the foundation which allows development to take place and I am a living example of such platforms. I came through the junior ranks until I graduated into the first team.

“We need to put in place systematic development programmes. Development is the heart and soul of football growth. I think it’s about time that we should qualify for the tournaments that matter most across all age groups.”

The former CAPS United and Blackpool midfielder said women’s football had not received enough support and that time had come to give a chance to those that had genuine passion for football to take it forward.

“We have now women’s football, they have done well — qualifying for the Olympic Games. It’s an incredible feat. Under the circumstances, you can actually see if we get ourselves sorted we can achieve even more,” he said.

“We need to look at the women’s game very seriously. We need to make sure they get as much attention as man because they are basically contributing much. We need to make them feel they are part of football.

“We need to try and make sure there are proper structures in women’s football from the grassroots. There is no way we can do things for men and neglecting the girl child. These are some of the issues that I feel I should look at.”

Kasinauyo added that he had gained a lot of experience during his playing days and that he wanted to contribute to the development of Zimbabwean football.

“We need to be able to attract the corporate to sponsor the game. This can only happen when we have proper policies. When the corporate is giving money they will be investing in a way. So there is need for transparency,” he said.

“I’m coming in to try and help with all I have learnt. I have gone to tournaments with kids and I have taken players outside the country. I have brought companies like Adidas into the country to work with local clubs and all that is part of football.

“I have actually played at Afcon, I have played outside the country and inside so at the end of the day, I have gone through all. There is really nothing new I need to learn, it’s about time I implement what I have learnt now.”

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