Six short­listed for Zifa general sec­re­tary post

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Ricky Zililo

SIX ap­pli­cants have been short­listed for the va­cant Zifa general sec­re­tary’s post whose in­ter­views will be con­ducted on Fri­day.

The Zifa hu­man re­sources com­mit­tee chaired by the as­so­ci­a­tion’s vice-pres­i­dent Omega Sibanda and also con­sists of Martin Kweza, Ju­dah Tshuma, Pa­trick Hill and Love­more Matikinyidze came up with six names, among them for­eign­ers, af­ter a meet­ing held in Bu­l­awayo on Satur­day.

Zifa in­di­cated that it re­ceived about 15 ap­pli­ca­tions for the va­cant general sec­re­tary’s post, with one ap­pli­ca­tion com­ing from France and oth­ers from Swazi­land and South Africa.

The na­tional as­so­ci­a­tion had in­vited ap­pli­ca­tions for the post to re­place Jonathan Mashin­gaidze, whose con­tract ex­pired on April 1.

“We met and came up with six names. The ap­pli­cants will be in­ter­viewed this Fri­day af­ter which the sub­stan­tive chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer will be an­nounced,” said Sibanda.

He could not be drawn into di­vulging the names of their prospec­tive CEO, say­ing: “I can’t re­veal the names be­cause that may put un­nec­es­sary pres­sure on the can­di­dates. What you have to know is that these are the best and it’s a mix­ture of lo­cals and for­eign­ers. How­ever, please bear with us; we will let you know the name of the new CEO af­ter the in­ter­views.”

How­ever, sources told Chron­i­cle Sport that for­mer Na­tional Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion of Swazi­land (NFAS) chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer and ex-Mamelodi Sun­downs general man­ager Ken­neth Makhanya, who is presently work­ing for South African Na­tional First Divi­sion side Black Leop­ards, is among the six short­listed can­di­dates. The oth­ers in­clude for­mer Dy­namos trea­surer Eric Mvududu, ex-PSL fi­nance and ad­min­is­tra­tion man­ager Cuth­bert Mu­tandwa, act­ing Zifa general sec­re­tary Joseph Ma­mutse and ad­min­is­tra­tor Nku­l­uleko Ndlovu. War­riors striker Nyasha Mushekwi’s ex-wife Lu­min­ista, who was once de­scribed as a ge­nius by Zifa pres­i­dent Phillip Chiyangwa, may also be in line for the general sec­re­tary post. Lu­min­ista is a holder of a de­gree in sports mar­ket­ing. Ed­u­ca­tion­ist and vet­eran ad­min­is­tra­tor Elka­nah Dube, who had ap­plied for the po­si­tion, is be­lieved to have pulled out of the race due to other com­mit­ments. In an ad­ver­tise­ment flighted last month, Zifa in­di­cated that it was look­ing for a per­son in pos­ses­sion of a com­mer­cial de­gree or rel­e­vant sports man­age­ment de­gree, while an MBA would be an added ad­van­tage. The du­ties of the general sec­re­tary in­clude im­ple­ment­ing de­ci­sions passed by the Zifa congress and the ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee, or­gan­is­ing meet­ings for the congress, ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee, stand­ing com­mit­tees and sec­re­tar­ial ser­vices. The per­son is also ex­pected to lead bud­get for­mu­la­tion and con­trol. — @ZililoR

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