It's now my time: Juul

HARARE - Trevor Carelse-Juul says he is confident of sweeping to victory in Saturday’s Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) presidential elections.

Juul will be going against Leslie Gwindi, Philip Chiyangwa and James Takavada in the race to replace Cuthbert Dube, who together with his board, had their mandate revoked by the Zifa Assembly in October.


The South Africa-based businessman, who was interim Zifa chairperson between 1991 and 1993, arrived in the country last week and has been busy on the campaign trail.

“I have only met one councillor who is confused with himself because he really doesn’t know what to be doing now,” Juul told the Daily News.

“That’s down in Bulawayo and he knows exactly who he is but even he on the day will see the light and come our way.

“Everyone we are sitting down with is absolutely agreeing that we need football people with a proven track record and capability to take our football where it needs to be. That’s the only way and only solution.

Juul added: “I trust in God. I know that a year and eight months ago or however, long ago it was; it was a calling from God to come and play our part in transforming this nation through our football.

“You know people ask me what happened and I know the Holy Spirit spoke with me so that our plan and purpose doesn’t change.

“It came into my spirit that in a year’s time you will transform something and in that particular moment it was not the right time but the right time is now.

“When I think about it now and look back to the previous term when we were two years into our term or there about and we were incredibly successful but made to step down.

“Not because we were failing but the reason was simply because we were successful and a lot of people wanted to have that success. That’s the problem that we had.

“They went about doing what they could and the excuse they used was to be able to have a technicality that we had not paid sports levy to the Sports and Recreation Commission.

"Sure enough we hadn’t paid but I had entered into an agreement with the Sports Commission to say listen, ‘Hold back your sports levies because I have to take care of the team and we already had a debt when we came in’.

“But now I’m seeing the situation; there are two years left and the whole thing is coming together.

“I trust in God and who can be against you when He is for you. This is absolutely God’s plan and come next Saturday you will see. I trust in God.”

With Zifa struggling to settle a $6 million debt, Juul said if elected his strategy would be putting in place revenue generating projects.

“Is the problem really the debt? It’s like you have an illness and you take a pill to cure the pain that you are feeling but have you really dealt with the symptoms?,” he said.

“Why are we having this debt? Everyone is focussing on how they are going to get rid of the debt.

“My position is how I am going to create a revenue stream so that we don’t have the debt in the future.

“I’m not focussing on the debt Zifa has but it’s like my team is not performing well today and I go buy some players so that we win games.

“But I have done nothing to develop my players that are gonna (sic) come through to give us support to move through so we can move forward.

“That’s the spirit. The solution is what can you create in order to ensure that we don’t face that problem when we go forward?

“So it’s a case of how we are going to create the revenue streams; that’s my plan and be ready for the manifesto launch.

“I’m going to be speaking of how we are going to deal with the debt and the rest of the other problems by creating a solution dealing with cause and that is bringing back people into football.

“We went to a football match yesterday at Lafarge and even in Bulawayo we went to watch football matches; the stadia are empty.

“CAPS United playing at the National Sports Stadium and it’s empty, for goodness sake. You remember our days of the Dream Team, was there ever any empty stadium, even half full?”

Juul said because he is based in South Africa, it was not going to hamper his obligations as Zifa president.

“I’m a true Zimbabwean, who was part of the struggle and that can never be taken away from me. That’s a history, you either have it or you don’t,” he said

“I’m a proven Zimbabwean and I love my country and my football. I’m saying to the councillors listen to the people.

“There are four million Zimbabweans in the Diaspora. I’m investing in this country and I’m not taking money out of this country. This is where I want to be and I want to see this nation develop and grow. It’s a global village we are living nowadays.

“I can get on a flight today and be in London tonight and the next day I can get on a flight and be back in Harare.

“It’s a global village and let’s understand that with technology today things have changed. We can interface through Whatsapp and Skype even with all the technology that’s out there.

“This is about creating strategy and a leadership programme; a team spirit that has all the people involved. It’s not about me; when we created the Dream Team of course I led it but we had a team behind it.”

Comments (4)

Aaaah enda kure nesu iwe,you are living large in SA saka gara ikoko,hatidi ma cellphone adminstators ,we want someone anenga ari pa ground all the time

sinyoro - 1 December 2015

zvirinane kushaya zifa president pane kuvhotera chiyangwa.pasi nekuvhotera mboko chiyangwa

chidhumo - 1 December 2015

sinyoro uribenzi.kuva on the ground ndikokunoita nhabvu ifambe zvakanaka here?for how long have you been with cashbet dube on the ground but mhabvu ichingofa ?unenge urimbava zvakare iwewe

chidhumo - 1 December 2015

unogwara sinyoro.Strive urimuno?Lets take this guy Juul,he has a treak record.Chiyangwa last week was all in papers for 2m debt mismangement.momupa zifa?sure?goon Trevor .come my man.its yos.Takavada wait bro.Gwindi go to Dembare for now.ku zifa hakudiwi vatsvagi veshagi.Yu hire an aeroplane using stolen money,.go bak to politics

tiblaz - 4 December 2015

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