HARARE - Stanley Chapeta is the new Zifa Central Region Soccer League president after beating two other contestants in the elections held in Gweru yesterday.
Chapeta, who was the front runner going into the poll, posted 15 votes while his closest rival Patrick Hokonya received seven votes.
Whawha chairperson Musa Ntonga, who was bidding to be the first female president of a football regional board, got only one vote.
In his acceptance speech Chapeta said his victory was a victory for football as it guaranteed continuity since he was a member of the regional board back in the days when teams from the Midlands were still affiliated to the Southern Region.
“I am very happy today because this is a victory for football. This is because everyone here is a winner and I will unite everyone in the region for the development of football,” Chapeta said.
“Nobody is a loser or winner here, it is football which is the winner. Now we are getting down to work and position our league on the national map, bringing in the much needed sponsorship which will be unveiled soon as I promised.”
The Central Region Soccer League presidency fell vacant following the elevation of Felton Kamambo to the Zifa board.
Chapeta was instrumental in the formation of the Central Region in 2010. During her campaigning period, Ntonga had promised to bring a feminine touch to the Central Region.
“As women we are emotionally attached to what we do. When we start a thing we want to see it through to perfection. Even in Shona they have a saying musha mukadzi meaning without the touch of a woman, no home will be successful,” Ntonga told the Daily News during the election build-up.