Rosen, Dube front run­ners for foot­ball top posts

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Sikhum­buzo Moyo

Women foot­ball clubs want El­iz­a­beth Rosen and Prim­rose Dube to con­test the posts of Zimbabwe Women Foot­ball chair­per­son and deputy chair­per­son re­spec­tively.

Rosen is the wi­dow of Mo­tor Ac­tion founder and pres­i­dent Erick Rosen, who died in Jan­uary while Dube is the wife of veteran Bu­l­awayo City striker Mkhokheli Dube.

“There is a gen­eral feel­ing that women’s foot­ball in Zimbabwe needs to start on a new slate and the Novem­ber 19 elec­tions presents us with that op­por­tu­nity where we need to put in new brooms. We want lead­ers with busi­ness acu­men and in­ter­na­tional con­tacts,” said a source.

El­iz­a­beth and her late hus­band Erick formed Mo­tor Ac­tion in 2000 out of the ashes of Black­pool and trans­formed it into one of the most feared teams in Zimbabwe and their pa­tience fi­nally paid off in 2010 when they lifted the un­branded Premier Soc­cer League that saw them win­ning the right to rep­re­sent the coun­try in the Caf Cham­pi­ons League.

De­spite get­ting no dime from the do­mes­tic sweat, El­iz­a­beth and Erick toiled with the team in the African sa­fari, al­though they were knocked out in the first round.

Prim­rose is an op­er­a­tions man­ager at Grass­roots Zimbabwe, a very suc­cess­ful foot­ball for hope pro­gramme run by Bantu Rovers pres­i­dent Methembe Ndlovu. She has con­nec­tions with world renowned clubs, such as Arsenal and Barcelona, through her as­so­ci­a­tion with Grass­roots Zimbabwe. Her hus­band Mkhokheli is well net­worked in foot­ball cir­cles hav­ing played in the United States.

“It be­comes easy for some­one like Prim­rose to use her in­flu­ence to get spon­sor­ship for the girl child, even at­tach­ments for our play­ers and club ad­min­is­tra­tors. This is an elec­tion and peo­ple have a right to choose those they want,” said the source.

Ef­forts to reach El­iz­a­beth were fruit­less as her mo­bile num­ber was un­reach­able. Her late hus­band’s close con­fi­dante and busi­ness part­ner Simeon Ja­manda said if clubs feel she was the right per­son to lead them, so be it.

“If peo­ple want her then I see noth­ing wrong with that,” said Ja­manda.

Prim­rose said she needed to con­sult first be­fore com­ment­ing. - @skhu­moyo2000

El­iz­a­beth Rosen

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