HARARE - Zifa Central Region Soccer League presidential aspirant Stanley Chapeta has put unlocking sponsorship as his main priority if elected as the region’s president at the elections set for March 6.
Chapeta, a long-serving football administrator launched his manifesto at a colourful ceremony in Gweru on Saturday night where his main thrust was on bringing development to the region through roping in sponsors on board.
The aspiring presidential candidate who served as board member development and secretary general in the outgoing executive made sensational claims that he has already tied down sponsorship with a company whose identity will only be revealed when he is elected into office.
“I want to bring development and stability to the region. For this to happen we need to have sound sponsorship and I have already sealed a sponsorship deal, which I will only be able to reveal when I am elected into office. Actually I will have a ceremony to unveil the sponsor soon after being elected,” claimed Chapeta.
“I also have two other potential sponsors I am negotiating with and am looking forward to concluding with them soon. I have a passion for the development of this region because I was part of the group of administrators that spearheaded its formation. It is a region that is very close to my heart and now is the chance for me to take it to another level and leave a legacy.”
“I am now retired from work and will be putting all my energy into football. Grassroots development is also another area that I am going to prioritise. I was board member when this region was still part of the Southern Region. I also paid school fees for a number of players from Kwekwe with the most notable ones being Stephen Alimenda of Dynamos and Donald Ngoma formerly of FC Platinum.”
Chapeta is set to face stiff competition from former chairman of the league, Patrick Hokonya who was unceremoniously pushed out of football by the then Cuthbert Dube-led executive. Hokonya was the first to pick up the nomination papers and declared that he has unfinished business.
Whawha chairperson Musa Ntonga has also declared her interest to contest the election for the Central Soccer League presidency, with Zifa Midlands province chairman Brian Chisanga rumoured to be opting out.