Chagonda backed

The Manica Post - - Front Page - Ray Bande Se­nior Re­porter

ONE of the coun­try’s four foot­ball zones — the Zifa East­ern Re­gion — has thrown its weight be­hind its only rep­re­sen­ta­tive in the De­cem­ber 1 Zifa na­tional com­mit­tee elec­tions, Sugar Chagonda.

Pre­mier­ship bound Man­ica Di­a­monds’ sec­re­tary-gen­eral Chagonda au­to­mat­i­cally be­came the face of the East­ern Re­gion in the forth­com­ing Zifa elec­tions af­ter he emerged the only can­di­date with a link to the re­gion fol­low­ing a vet­ting ex­er­cise by the Elec­toral Com­mit­tee.

Chagonda will now bat­tle it out for a place in the Zifa na­tional board against Chapeta Stan­ley, in­cum­bent pres­i­dent Philip Chiyangwa’s side­kick Chamunorwa Amos Ro­drick Chi­wanza, Phile­mon Machana, Bry­ton Brito Ma­lan­d­ule, Bar­ry­more Manandi in an elec­tion that will have four win­ners out of the six.

Chiyangwa and his deputy Omega Sibanda have al­ready won an­other term in the Zifa pre­sid­ium af­ter they emerged as the only can­di­dates nom­i­nated for the top two posts fol­low­ing the vet­ting ex­er­cise by the Elec­toral Com­mit­tee. Zifa East­ern Re­gion chair­man, Dav­i­son Muchena who re­cently earned an­other term at the helm of his con­stituency, said his re­gion was 100 per­cent be­hind Chagonda.

“As a re­gion, we are happy that our can­di­date, Sugar Chagonda has made it to the fi­nal six. As Zifa coun­cil­lors of the East­ern Re­gion, we are 100 per­cent be­hind Chagonda. We have worked with him and we are aware of what he is ca­pa­ble of achiev­ing.

“We have worked with him apart from his ca­pac­ity as sec­re­tary gen­eral of a club in the re­gion but also dur­ing the Di­a­mond Su­per Cup. He is knowl­edge­able and trust­wor­thy.

“Hope­fully other coun­cil­lors will see the wis­dom of vot­ing for him into the na­tional board and add value to our game,” said Muchena.

Zifa Man­i­ca­land pro­vin­cial chair­man Kuziwa Nyabeze added his voice in sup­port of Chagonda.

“Com­mon sense dic­tates that we have to sup­port Sugar Chagonda sim­ply be­cause he is the face of the en­tire re­gion in this elec­tion. We have our hopes and as­pi­ra­tions as a re­gion and we are pin­ning them on Chagonda to rep­re­sent us. We are aware that he is ca­pa­ble of achiev­ing that. It is not about merely sup­port­ing him be­cause he is from our re­gion but also the fact that he is a tried and tested ad­min­is­tra­tor es­pe­cially when it comes to mar­ket­ing and pub­lic re­la­tions,” he said.

Zifa Masvingo pro­vin­cial chair­man Nobert Mag­wizi echoed Nyabeze’s sen­ti­ments say­ing Chagonda had vast ex­pe­ri­ence in the pub­lic re­la­tions in­dus­try that would add value to the game of foot­ball in the coun­try.

“There is no doubt that Chagonda has vast ex­pe­ri­ence in the pub­lic re­la­tions in­dus­try that will add value to the game of foot­ball in the coun­try. Zifa needs to cleanse its name given the his­tory of neg­a­tiv­ity that has al­ways been as­so­ci­ated with the ad­min­is­tra­tion of the game.

“As mem­bers of the East­ern Re­gion we also want Chagonda to be our rep­re­sen­ta­tive in that na­tional board. There are cru­cial de­ci­sions that will be made and we also need our man in there to look af­ter our in­ter­ests,” said Mag­wizi.

Chiyangwa was ex­pected to be chal­lenged by for­mer Zifa board mem­ber Fel­ton Ka­mambo, but the busi­ness­man will have it easy this time as he sails through un­op­posed, that is if the whole process is not chal­lenged. Chiyangwa’s deputy, Sibanda, also re­tains his post, as he was nom­i­nated un­op­posed fol­low­ing the dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion of Gift Banda, who had of­fered him­self for elec­tion to the post.

“The Zim­babwe Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (Zifa) elec­toral com­mit­tee met on Novem­ber 2 2019 to ver­ify cre­den­tials of can­di­dates who sub­mit­ted nom­i­na­tion forms for po­si­tions in the ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee.

“The fol­low­ing can­di­dates were suc­cess­fully nom­i­nated to stand in the elec­tions slated for De­cem­ber 1, 2018: pres­i­dent, Hon Dr Philip Chiyangwa, vice-pres­i­dent Hon Sibanda Omega, Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee mem­bers — Sugar Chago- nda, Chapeta Stan­ley, Chamunorwa Amos Ro­drick Chi­wanza, Phile­mon Machana, Bry­ton Brito Ma­lan­d­ule, Bar­ry­more Manandi.

“For those dis­qual­i­fied, rea­sons for dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion will be com­mu­ni­cated di­rectly to the con­cerned in­di­vid­u­als,” a state­ment by the elec­toral com­mit­tee chair­man Vusilizwe Vuma read.

How­ever, the de­ci­sion by the Elec­toral Com­mit­tee has been met with re­sis­tance from Ka­mambo and Banda, who are both chal­leng­ing modal­i­ties, which saw them get­ting dis­qual­i­fied.

Sugar Chagonda

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