Mutungura confident of victory

MUTARE - Eastern Region Division One chairperson hopeful Ashley Mutungura has expressed confidence of landing the post in a two-man race to be decided in an election to be held in Masvingo tomorrow.

Mutungura is vying for the post against the Eastern Region’s finance secretary David Muchena.

“I have the knowledge and professional experience to transform both its image and fortunes and I’m confident the electorate know and appreciate what I can bring into the board,” Mutungura told the Daily News.

Eighteen Eastern Region Division One clubs and three executive members form Manicaland, Masvingo and Mashonaland East provinces will elect the league’s honcho this weekend.

Mutungura, who has been a Buffaloes Football Club legal executive for the past three years and has been in football administration for more than a decade with Nyika United, Eastern Lions and Highway football clubs, believes the regional body needs serious re-branding.

“Eastern Region Division One league needs re-branding . . . it has run for years without sponsorship or even a corporate partner which is completely unacceptable in this day and age,” he said.

He added: “How do you market yourself to the world without even a website?”

The seasoned lawyer, who also seats on a number of companies’ boards, said the league also needs to raise its professionalism.

“The league has been running without player licences for three years now,” he said.

Mutungura said the contested promotion of Mutare City Rovers just showed the extent to which the second tier division needs a revamp.

“What happened between Mutare City Rovers and Masvingo United should not happen in modern football,” he said.

He said if elected he will ensure that the league would play its role as the backbone of the Premiership.

Mutungura said his aim was to strengthen their provincial leagues in the second and third tier divisions.

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