Peter Ndlovu endorses Kasinauyo

HARARE - Former Warriors captain Peter Ndlovu believes Edzai Kasinauyo will be a perfect fit into the new Zifa board and has complete faith in his former teammate to help reform local football.

Kasinauyo is going against nine other candidates for the four vacant posts on the Zifa board at next weekend’s election to be held in the capital.

Ndlovu, who is the country’s record goal scorer with 38 strikes from 100 matches, arrived in the country from South Africa where he is the Mamelodi Sundowns team manager yesterday to be the guest of honour at Kasinauyo’s manifesto launch.

“I think a lot of us when you finish your career you want to concentrate on stuff like coaching but I am glad he (Kasinauyo) has taken this platform,” Ndlovu said.

“We must have someone who has played football on the board so that he can bring the understanding, the link and the balance between the playing staff and also the leadership.

“There is nothing wrong with the top leadership making policies and all that but we must also have somebody to understand the dynamics of the team so that when they make policies that make the team suffer that person would be able to contribute.

“There is need for someone to tell them that this direction should stop and let’s take this one. He can argue with them in a respectable manner. Those are our elders and we argue with respect so that we gain what we want to achieve.”

UNCONDITIONAL SUPPORT: Former Warriors captain Peter Ndlovu, left, was the guest of honour at Edzai Kasinauyo's, right, manifesto launch in Harare yesterday.  Pic: Freedom Mashava

Ndlovu, who is arguably one of the finest footballers to emerge from Zimbabwe, urged the councillors to vote wisely next weekend and the general public to accept the result.

“Once in power, it’s all our responsibility as Zimbabweans to support that individual hundred percent,” said Ndlovu.

“Why don’t we support whoever is in charge and see where we go from there. Of course, we like to have improvement every time. On the 5th of December the winner must be supported.

“I think the board is where decisions and discussions are made. The board have impact and issues that can be dealt with.

“Decisions are made and distributed at that point. I think it’s the best position for him (Edzai) to ensure that decisions that are made are football related.

“Let’s stay on the right and focus on things that can help our football.

“We are all responsible for the downfall of our football.”  

Kasinauyo also took  yesterday’s gathering to launch his Edzai Kasinauyo Guruve Games schools football tournament that gets underway today in Mashonaland Central.

Ndlovu also spoke very highly of this schools competition which will pit 57 primary and 27 secondary schools from the district of Guruve over two days.

“What Edzai is bringing forward is very good for development of football. It’s a good initiative and also he has gone deep where people don’t know. Normally when people chose to do these things they start by going to Harare.

“But when you go to places like Guruve, there are some hidden talents. When you start digging down deeper from there you will find talent.

“I also used to host such a tournament that unearthed some few talents like Esrom Nyandoro among others.

“I would like to say thank you, Edzai and we will support you all the time.”

Kasinauyo, now a successful businessman since calling time up on his playing career which saw him turn out for CAPS United, Blackpool and Arcadia, said his decision to contest in next Saturday’s polls was inspired by his desire to give back to the sport which gave him fame and fortune.

“The decision is very simple. Everything I have got, including all the friends came through football,” he said.

“And looking at the situation in the country I think it would be very unfair for people like us to stand and watch.

“That’s why I have decided to come also and contribute at a bigger picture which serves the country not individuals.

“The problem we are having is a countrywide issue and the only way we can be able to contribute is by being part of Zifa.”

Zifa Northern Region chairperson Willard Manyengavana, who was present at yesterday’s function said:  “As a region, we are supporting you Edzai, we are happy about the development that you have brought.

“I have known Edzai as a football person and I have no reason not to support him.

“I know if he is involved he is going definitely going to make sure that football develops in this country. We will support you Edzai and I believe you will make it into the Zifa board come December 5.”

Comments (2)

It's his advantage to be a former player but another thing to be an administrator.Right now Zifa needs a credible and honest leaders. Hopefully the Guruve project is not a plot to buy votes.

tendo - 28 November 2015

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