Mamelodi arrives for Zifa elections

HARARE - Fifa’s development officer for southern Africa,  Ashford Mamelodi, arrived in the country yesterday to supervise tomorrow’s Zifa board elections.

Mamelodi will supervise the elections together with Fifa manager for member associations Luca Nichola, who arrives from Zurich, Switzerland today.

Confederation of African Football (Caf) executive committee member Molefi Oliphant of South Africa is also expected to arrive in the country this afternoon.

Mamelodi, Oliphant and Nichola were in Zimbabwe for the October 3 Zifa Extraordinary General Meeting which revoked the mandate of the previous board led by Cuthbert Dube.

Zifa CEO Jonathan Mashingaidze said: “Mamelodi arrived in the country today (yesterday) and tomorrow he will be meeting the Zifa Electoral Committee together with his two colleagues Nichola and Oliphant.

“After the meeting, they will hold a rehearsal of the elections just to check that everything will run properly on Saturday (tomorrow).

“The other preparations concerning the election material like ballot papers and voting booths is also in order. We are also working on the issues to deal with security and the accreditation of the delegates.”

Mashingaidze said most of the Zifa affiliates, who were behind on their subscriptions have been paying up in the last few days.

According to Article 13 (d) of the Zifa constitution, affiliates must pay up their subscription fees in order to vote in tomorrow’s elections. 

At today’s meeting, the Zifa Electoral Committee will discuss the composition of the voting college made up of the 58 Zifa councillors.

All eyes will be on the presidential election that sees a four-horse race comprising Trevor Carelse-Juul, Philip Chiyangwa, James Takavada and Leslie Gwindi.

The four candidates have been busy on the campaign trail, hoping to convince the 58 councillors that they have the right profile to replace Cuthbert Dube.

Lincoln Mutasa and Omega Sibanda will battle it out for the vice president’s post while 10 candidates have submitted their names for the four posts available on the board.

The four positions will be competed for by Wilfred Mukuna, Edzai Kasinauyo, Musa Mandaza, Piraishe Mabhena, Felton Kamambo, Beadle Gwasira, Joseph Musariri, Jackson Munyaka, Lewis Uriri and Philemon Machana.

Since the nominations opened in October, Zifa councillors have been urged by the public to vote for a new board which will bring change to local football which suffered under Dube’s leadership in the past six years.

Zifa Northern Region chairperson Willard Manyengavana, who is a councillor, defended his colleagues last week.

“I feel very sorry for us councillors because some of the attacks that we are getting from the media are not necessary,” Manyengavana said at Kasinauyo’s manifesto launch.

“I think you are putting us under unnecessary pressure. The media is attacking us but we have done nothing wrong. What I want you to know is that the councillors know what they want.

“They have the love of the game. We all want to be associated with good times of the game.

“Please, criticise us after we have voted on the 5th of December.” ?

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