Gumede to be hon­oured at in­au­gu­ral Zifa awards

Sunday News (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Ngqwele Dube Sports Cor­re­spon­dent

VET­ERAN foot­ball ad­min­is­tra­tor, Ndu­miso Gumede is set to be among those hon­oured for their out­stand­ing ef­forts in the sport since the coun­try at­tained in­de­pen­dence.

The Zim­babwe Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion is set to hold the in­au­gu­ral Zifa Awards on 11 Novem­ber at a venue to be an­nounced­ced in Harare. Dur­ing his time as a foot­ball ad­min­is­tra­tor Gumede as­sumed var­i­ous roles at High­landers and Zifa.

At High­landers he wass a com­mit­tee mem­ber be­fore be­ing el­e­vated too chair­man and then later had a stint as chief ex­ec­u­tivex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer. At Zifa he held the post of com­mit­teem­mit­tee mem­ber,vice­gen­eral

vicechair­man and sec­re­tary gen­eral and CEO over vary­ing pe­ri­ods.

Sources at Zifa con­firmed Gumede will be among a host of ad­min­is­tra­tor­sators set to be hon­oured by Zifa de­spite ear­lier falling­ing out with the cur­rent Philip Chiyangwa-led ad­min­is­tra­tion­min­is­tra­tion that froze him out of the game butt later re­scinded the ban.

Zifa vice-pres­i­dent and Awards Com­mit­tee chair­man,, Omega Sibanda de­clined con­firm­ing Gumede would be amongng those hon­oured but said thosee who played a role in foot­ball de­vel­op­ment since the at­tain­ment of in­de­pen­dence in 1980 would be recog­nised. He said they will be hon­our­ing those who played a role in shap­ing the lo­cal game and guid­ing it to var­i­ous suc­cesses that have been scored. “Th­ese will be the first such awards and their cre­ation was in­formed by the need to hon­our those who have played a crit­i­cal role in the game and en­cour­age oth­ers to do well. We are look­ing at cre­at­ing a Hall of Fame of foot­ball, it will be our heroes acre that would tell the his­tory of the game through those that are hon­oured,” said Sibanda re­veal­ing the awards have been set for 11 Novem­ber in the capital. He said those who worked hard to en­sure lo­cal play­ers find op­por­tu­ni­ties abroad will also be hon­oured. Sibanda they will make sure lo­cal foot­ball greats based abroad will also be in at­ten­dance.

“We are plan­ning a huge and mem­o­rable event hence we will be invit­ing foot­ball stake­hold­ers from out­side the coun­try. Top con­ti­nen­tal and in­ter­na­tional foot­ball names are ex­pected to grace the event that will be broad­cast live not only in Zim­babwe but across Africa. We are in talks with broad­cast­ers and we would soon be anno an­nounc­ing on the broad­cast­ing de­tails,” he said.

Team­sTe that have also ex­celled in var­i­ous aspe as­pects that in­clude rep­re­sent­ing the coun­try well abro abroad, ex­hibit­ing fi­nesse in ad­min­is­tra­tion and groo groom­ing ju­niors will also be given ac­co­lades. Jour Jour­nal­ists are also in line for awards.

Siban­daSi said they are aim­ing at unit­ing the foot foot­ball fra­ter­nity with this event. Leg­ends, adm ad­min­is­tra­tors and ref­er­ees of note will also be rewa re­warded.

“SSome may feel an­tag­o­nis­tic over things that have hap­pened be­fore but we want to for­get that and put foot­ball first. Noth­ing can dis­count the role that some have played in de­vel­op­ing the game and it would be folly for us to side­line any­one. It won won’t help us in any­way but ac­knowl­edg­ing what peop peo­ple have done will bring greater unity and I thin— think more col­lab­o­ra­tion in the sport,” he said.

Ndu­miso Gumede

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