Open letter to Chiyangwa

JOHANNESBURG - Congratulations are in order and once again, well done.

You have never met me in person but I have had several interactions with you in the past from the time you were promoting music, wrestling and boxing in the country.

I was a big fan of boxing and each time you organised a fight for my favourite boxer, the late Proud Chinembiri popularly known as Kili or Kilimanjaro whom you managed then, I would make sure that I didn’t miss the event.

Money being tight, at times I would struggle to raise funds to see my favourite boxer but would beg for free entrance through my friends in the media. That is how I came to respect your business acumen.

When you hinted that you wanted to run for the Zifa presidency after Cuthbert Dube had been shown the exit door, I didn’t hesitate to raise my hand in your support but faced a barrage of criticism from some onlookers who questioned your football credentials.

Others said you knew nothing about football while some said you were involved in politics and as the old adage goes, politics and football don’t mix.

I didn’t agree, knowing how important it is for one to be politically connected and possessing a shrewd business background to succeed in this unforgiving world of football.

Now that you have been confirmed; let me reiterate what I said earlier during your campaign that this is probably your biggest test ever.

You no longer have the unlimited exuberance of the youth, meaning your patience will be tested to the limit.

You will be required to work 24/7 and use your own funds meant for your children to offset Zifa debts. Yes, that is what being a Zifa president entails.

Zifa is literally broke and it will take you a few months if not years to stabilise the situation.

But I am very confident you have what it takes to turn things around though the country’s economic situation will again put your endurance to trial.

The global economic crunch won’t help matters either. There is no extra cash lying around; people are being retrenched because companies do not have money.

More and more people are staying away from attending football matches, meaning income from gate-takings is almost non-existent.

So how are you going to manage this situation? I saw part of your manifesto and you tackled this issue well; needless to say it is easier said than done.

One other piece of advice; don’t make wholesale changes in your office. Retain most of the staff if not all who used to work under Dube.

Most of these guys are true professionals and like civil servants, will give loyalty to the current master.

After all, they are the memory of the Association and losing them will make you start from scratch, something you don’t want.

I know certain parts of the mainstream media will ask you to make a clean start but football does not work like that; cosmetic changes yes, wholesale changes a big NO!

If I were you, I would not even contemplate doing away with one Jonathan Mashingaidze.

Apart from being sober, the CEO is a humble individual, is urbane and is diligence personified. He is a man for the trenches.

Coming to the media; this is where you have a big advantage over Dube. While the mainstream media had a vendetta and or had little regard for Dube mostly because he was not hands on or they just didn’t like him, they will not do the same with you.

They know very well that you don’t brook nonsense and most will think twice before using that tool which is known around the globe as being mightier than a bazooka to attack you. I mean the journalist’s pen.

Otherwise, good luck.

Comments (1)

@panase. may you please read today's edition of the NewDay. the guy is being sued left, tight and centre. interfin is after his movable property for a debt of USD4 million from 2011!!! what own finances are you then talking about? i am sure that he eyed the ZIFA post in order to use it to offset his debts.

gorogoza - 12 December 2015

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