Six fight for Zifa South­ern Re­gion posts

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Ricky Zililo

SIX can­di­dates are vy­ing for the four Zifa South­ern Re­gion ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee po­si­tions in elec­tions on Oc­to­ber 14.

For­mer Chicken Inn, Bantu Rovers and Bu­l­awayo City man­ager Tizirayi Luphahla, Mosi Rovers chair­man Mwanda Mu­bita, for­mer ZRP Bu­l­awayo chair­man Fiso Siz­iba and ZPC Hwange sec­re­tary Mehluli Thebe are all chal­leng­ing the in­cum­bents.

Bry­ton Ma­lan­d­ule and Tumediso Mokoe­naNdlovu are seek­ing re-elec­tion.

Luphahla, an in­ter­nal au­di­tor at Bu­l­awayo City Coun­cil, said his de­sire is to im­prove cor­po­rate gov­er­nance in the re­gion and work on es­tab­lish­ing part­ner­ships with the cor­po­rate world.

“I have been in soc­cer ad­min­is­tra­tion for the past 10 years and I think it’s time I con­trib­ute to­wards the devel­op­ment of the game in the re­gion. My de­sire is to re­shape the South­ern Re­gion so that it’s within mod­ern soc­cer trends and em­pha­sise the need of tak­ing soc­cer as busi­ness,” said Luphahla.

“I be­lieve there is need to im­prove cor­po­rate gov­er­nance, en­gage cor­po­rates on spon­sor­ship and to work to­wards re­duc­tion of af­fil­i­a­tion fees to ease the bur­den on clubs. I also think we have to work as a team and make sure that player wel­fare is im­proved and even im­ple­ment stan­dard­i­s­a­tion of their con­tracts.”

Luphahla said he learnt a lot from ad­min­is­tra­tors such as PSL vice-chair­man Lifa Ncube, Su­perS­port trained ad­min­is­tra­tor and for­mer Zifa board mem­ber Tawengwa Hara, Bantu Rovers founder Methembe Ndlovu and act­ing Bu­l­awayo City chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Hor­race Ndu­biwa.

Vic­to­ria Falls-based Mu­bita, a fi­nance man­ager at A’Zam­bezi River Lodge said: “I chose to stand be­cause I’m part of the foot­ball sys­tem. I have the re­quired ad­min­is­tra­tive ex­pe­ri­ence and when elected, I will ad­vo­cate for at­tain­ing af­ford­abil­ity of match fees and trav­el­ling costs for South­ern Re­gion clubs.

“Get­ting strate­gic cor­po­rate part­ners to back the league is also key. We also have to sus­tain both pro­vin­cial and zonal leagues as well as re­sus­ci­tate ju­nior league struc­tures.”

Mu­bita is a found­ing mem­ber of Mosi Rovers, who were formed in 1993. Be­tween 2006 and 2010, he served as the Zifa Mata­bele­land North Prov­ince’s board mem­ber for fi­nance.

Siz­iba said be­ing a mem­ber of the Zim­babwe Re­pub­lic Po­lice had given ex­pe­ri­ence which he feels is needed in the game.

“I have a back­ground of ethics and good code of con­duct which I learnt from the force, which I be­lieve has been lack­ing in the game. I ap­pre­ci­ate the work that has been done by the cur­rent ex­ec­u­tive, but there is a feel­ing it’s time they make way for other ad­min­is­tra­tors,” said Siz­iba.

For­mer High­landers’ sec­re­tary An­drew Tapela is chal­leng­ing Musa Man­daza for the Zifa South­ern Re­gion chair­man­ship. — @ZililoR

Tizirayi Luphahla

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