Mudza­miri exudes con­fi­dence ahead of poll

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Takudzwa Chit­siga Sports Re­porter

WILLARD MANYENGAVANA’S long run at the helm of the ZIFA North­ern Re­gion board will come un­der its big­gest test to­mor­row when he squares off against for­mer FIFA ref­eree Brighton Mudza­miri in an in­trigu­ing elec­tion sched­uled for ZIFA Vil­lage in Mt Ham­p­den.

Manyengavana has pre­vi­ously sailed through the North­ern Re­gion elec­tions with ease.

But a bullish Mudza­miri, who is con­fi­dent of up­set­ting the ap­ple-cart, has mounted in a fresh chal­lenge in which he is hop­ing to shake what has been a fa­mil­iar es­tab­lish­ment in the North­ern Re­gion, which in­cludes Manye­ga­vana’s trusted lieu­tenants — vice chair­man Martin Kweza and board mem­bers Sweeney Mushonga, Robert Mamvura and John Remba.

Mudza­miri has been run­ning his cam­paign trail in the North­ern Re­gion, where he has sold his man­i­festo to most of the elec­torate. The po­lice­man, who has also been with the Premier Soc­cer League fight­ing vi­o­lence in the game through con­duct­ing work­shops on sta­dium se­cu­rity, be­lieves he has a lot to of­fer to the re­gion if he wins the man­date.

“I am very con­fi­dent that come Sun­day I will be the new ZIFA North­ern Re­gion chair­man. I think I have a lot in my man­i­festo which will im­prove the league.

“We have so many things that I be­lieve need to be cor­rected, like to have au­dited fi­nan­cial state­ments, a con­sti­tu­tion, as well as to se­cure spon­sor­ship. There is need to value trans­parency and we will be a re­spon­si­ble lead­er­ship who will lis­ten to ev­ery stake­holder,” said Mudza­miri.

But an equally up­beat Manyengavana has al­ready de­clared the poll a done deal even be­fore the first bal­lot has been cast.

Manyen­ge­nava said he was con­fi­dent that this ex­ec­u­tive would be re­tained en masse.

“I think to­gether with my ex­ec­u­tive, we are home and dry in as far as the elec­tions are con­cerned as we are look­ing at noth­ing short of vic­tory. We have worked very hard to see North­ern Re­gion to be where it is to­day and we need to fin­ish the job.

“We are pre­pared for the elec­tion and I have faith in the clubs that they will give us an­other chance. The teams know very well how we per­formed ever since we came into of­fice and I be­lieve they still have con­fi­dence in us.

“If the elec­tions are about foot­ball ad­min­is­tra­tion, I am quite sure that we have al­ready won, but if it’s some­thing else, then I will not know,” said Manyengavana.

Although there are four re­gions in ZIFA struc­tures, this week­end’s elec­tions will only be in the North­ern and South­ern parts. There will be no elec­tions in the East­ern and Cen­tral Re­gions where Dav­i­son Muchena and Stan­ley Chapeta were handed fresh man­dates un­op­posed.

Just like Manyengavana, vet­eran ad­min­is­tra­tor and eas­ily the long­est-serv­ing re­gional chair­man Musa Man­daza faces a tough chal­lenge from for­mer High­landers sec­re­tary An­drew Tapela in the South­ern Re­gion elec­tion.

Mudza­miri Brighton (chair­per­son), Manyengavana Willard (chair­per­son), Chi­tongo Dou­glas (vice chair­per­son), Kweza Martin Takawira (vice chair­per­son), Zironzo Tichaona (ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee mem­ber), Makunda Hast­ings (ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee mem­ber), Maru­misa Lawrence (ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee mem­ber), Ma­tum­bura Ovidio (ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee mem­ber), Mushonga Sweeney (ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee mem­ber), Ny­a­chowe Stanslous Run­yararo (ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee mem­ber), Remba John Stuart (ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee mem­ber), Mamvura Robert (ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee mem­ber), Ku­fan­dar­erwa War­ren Ratidzai (ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee mem­ber)

Tapela An­drew Tha­bani (chair­per­son), Man­daza Musa (chair­per­son), Mad­hun­guza Gay­lord (vice chair­per­son), Thebe Mehluli (ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee mem­ber), Luphahla Tizirayi Ed­mond (ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee mem­ber), Ma­lan­d­ule Bry­ton Bri­ton (ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee mem­ber), Siz­iba Si­fiso (ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee mem­ber), Mwanda Mu­bita (ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee mem­ber), Ndlovu Tumediso Mk­wena (ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee mem­ber).

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