Anxiety at Zifa election

 

HARARE - Their campaign trails were all about tough-as-nails talk that would pull Zimbabwean football out of its abyss but Zifa presidential aspirants could not help but tremble before the vote was cast yesterday.

If anything it was anxiety that ran high as the attention of world football was firmly fixed on Zifa Village tucked away in the Mashonaland West village of Mount Hampden.

Customarily Harare businessman Philip Chiyangwa was the most visible of the four candidates as he rolled into the Zifa Village in a slick GL 63 Mercedes Benz, bearing personalised number plate Tsivo.

There was, however, no calmness in the way he chatted with his campaign team of Eddie Chivero, Wellington Mupandare and Omega Sibanda.

Clad in a grey suit and pink shirt, Chiyangwa knew that at this point not even his money spinning campaigns that included private jet visits to Zifa councillors could calm their nerves.

All the while, far from the gathering crowd that had come to witness the elections, Leslie Gwindi kept to himself in his Toyota Hilux.

The former Dynamos secretary general was praying to make it third time lucky after losing to Cuthbert Dube in 2010 and 2014.

He kept his car running apparently to keep the air condition on which was quite puzzling as he was wearing a jacket.

Ex-Zifa chairman Trevor Carelse-Juul seemed a different kettle of fish as he put on an infectious smile.

Spotting a black suit, green tie and black shades Juul greeted everyone he passed and seemed confident of victory.

James Takavada, who arrived in a Volvo, before proceeding to sit in the conference room balcony did not do much talking.
If he had planned to do his talking after the elections, then that hope went up in smoke after he received a measly one vote out of 57.

In the end, Chiyangwa emerged as the happier of the quartet.
The Harare businessman saw his elaborate campaign pay off as he convincingly beat ex-Zifa chairman Juul with a massive 27 votes.

But before the results were announced he had sneaked outside and taken refuge in his car.

There was, however, no anxiety amongst his campaign team which was already singing — the result of the elections were as good as a replayed match.   

 

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