Zifa poll lat­est

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

AS­PIR­ING Zifa can­di­dates are set to de­scend on Mutare this week­end with in­cum­bent pres­i­dent Philip Chiyangwa top­ping the list of con­tenders tak­ing their cam­paign trail to the Eastern Re­gion which has 12 coun­cil­lors who will vote in the De­cem­ber 16 elec­tions.

The list of the elec­toral col­lege for the Zifa ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee plebiscite which will be held in Harare next Sun­day has al­ready been re­leased, with 12 of 60 Zifa coun­cil­lors el­i­gi­ble to vote, hail­ing from the Eastern Re­gion.

With the Di­a­mond Su­per Cup fi­nal at Mutare Boys High to­mor­row (Satur­day) and the corona­tion of Premier­ship new-boys Man­ica Di­a­monds the next day, as­pir­ing can­di­dates will to take ad­van­tage of the events, where the 12 Eastern Re­gion Zifa coun­cil­lors will be present, to can­vass for sup­port.

Chiyangwa will square off against former ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee mem­ber Fel­ton Ka­mambo, while his deputy Omega Sibanda faces chal­lenge from Gift Banda.

Five can­di­dates, Bry­ton Ma­lan­d­ule, Chamu Chi­wanza, Stan­ley Chapeta, Sugar Chagonda and in­cum­bent Phile­mon Machana are vy­ing for the four ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee slots.

The elec­tions will see the 60 del­e­gates vot­ing for the Zifa pres­i­dent, his deputy and four ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee mem­bers.

The Eastern Re­gion chair­man Dav­i­son Muchena, his deputy Cryril Muk­w­eva, sec­re­tary Simba Wis­dom, com­mit­tee mem­ber fi­nance Farai Rutsvara, Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Pri­mary Heads na­tional leader Masimba Chi­howa, Tri­an­gle FC chair­per­son Love­more Matikinyidze, Mutare City Rovers chair­man Ku­dak­washe Chisango, provin­cial chair­per­sons Kuziwa Nyabeze (Man­i­ca­land), No­bioth Mag­wizi (Masvingo); Iri­mai Os­car Tsvura (Mashona­land East), Masvingo-based Eastern Re­gion ter­tiary foot­ball rep­re­sen­ta­tive Oliver Guriro and Mashona­land East-based Eastern Re­gion Area Zone foot­ball rep­re­sen­ta­tive Robert Chimu­tanda are ex­pected to push for the re­gion’s in­ter­ests dur­ing the elec­tions.

The pres­ence of Yadah Stars in Harare, a team that gained pro­mo­tion via the eastern re­gion ticket, re­duced the num­ber of coun­cil­lors to 12.

Re­li­able sources told this pub­li­ca­tion that the can­di­dates or their emis­saries will be in Mutare this week­end to can­vass for sup­port.

“In­deed, they are com­ing down to Mutare and most of them have made ar­range­ments to meet with coun­cilors,” said a source who re­fused to be named cit­ing re­stric­tive pro­to­col.

Fifa have given their seal of ap­proval on the Zifa ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee elec­tions.

Fifa this week told our sis­ter pa­per The Chron­i­cle that they will be send­ing a del­e­ga­tion to ob­serve the elec­tions.

“Fifa is mon­i­tor­ing the sit­u­a­tion in re­la­tion to the Zifa elec­tions and will de­ploy a del­e­ga­tion to ob­serve the elec­tive congress on 16 De­cem­ber 2018. Please note that we have no fur­ther com­ment on this mat­ter,” said the Fifa spokesper­son.

This was after the drama that saw some can­di­dates be­ing barred from par­tic­i­pat­ing in the elec­tion, and later be­ing given the green light to par­take in the plebiscite.

The mo­ment of mad­ness cul­mi­nated into spec­u­la­tion that the world gov­ern­ing body would put in place a nor­mal­i­sa­tion com­mit­tee to run the af­fairs of the game in the coun­try.

A nor­mal­i­sa­tion com­mit­tee is nor­mally set up in an at­tempt to stop the “wran­gling” of the stake­hold­ers, where they will be un­able to agree on ba­sic is­sues around elec­toral process and stake­holder rep­re­sen­ta­tion.

But with Fifa con­firm­ing that they will be send­ing a del­e­ga­tion to ob­serve the elec­tions, it now means that the Zifa elec­toral process has been en­dorsed and is in line with ex­pected lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional foot­ball statutes.

Ka­mambo and Banda have ex­pressed op­ti­mism that they will win the elec­tions.

ZIFA elec­toral congress 2018 reg­is­ter:

Chimu­tanda Robert (Eastern Re­gion Area Zone); Chikoti Moses (North­ern Re­gion Area Zone); Moyo Artwell(Cen­tral Re­gion Area Zone); Ma­suku Ndo­dana (South­ern Area Zone); Mathe Pervi­ous (Mid­lands prov­ince); Ncube Nkosi­lathi (Mate­bele­land South prov­ince); Saika Gil­bert (Mashona­land Cen­tral Prov­ince); Mat­a­puri Der­ick (Mashona­land West prov­ince); Tembo Robert (Harare prov­ince); Mag­wizi No­bioth (Masvingo prov­ince); Tshuma Den­nis (Mate­bele­land North prov­ince); Nyabeze Kuziwa(Man­i­ca­land prov­ince); Ntuta Fran­cis (Bulawayo prov­ince); Tsvuura Iri­mai Os­car (Ma­son­aland East prov­ince); Tapela An­drew Ta­bani (South­ern Re­gion); Thebe Mehluli(South­ern Re­gion);Ma­lan­d­ule Bry­ton Bri­ton (South­ern Re­gion); Siz­iba Si­fiso(South­ern Re­gion); Chapeta Stan­ley (Cen­tral Re­gion); Hill Pa­trick (Cen­tral Re­gion); Maram­banyika Thomas (Cen­tral Re­gion); Shoko Pithias ( Cen­tral Re­gion); Muchena Dav­i­son (Eastern Re­gion); Muk­wewa Cyril Gra­cious (Eastern Re­gion); Simba Wis­dom (Eastern Re­gion); Rutsvara Farai (Eastern Re­gion); Manyen­ga­vana Wil­lard (Noth­ern Re­gion); Kweza Mar­tin Takawira (North­ern Re­gion); Ny­a­chowa Stanslous Run­yararo (North­ern Re­gion); Remba John Stu­art (North­ern Re­gion); Felis­tas Ton­gog­ara (ZWSL); Msarah Beaullar (ZWSL); Mu­juru Tafadzwa (ZWSL); Gore­jena Bren­dah (ZWSL); Chid­hakwa Give­more (Fut­sal); Jonga Mar­shall Zvikom­borero (Beach Soc­cer); Masimba Chi­ho­hwa (NAPH); Sinyosi El­ton (NAPH); Mucheka Al­bert (NASH); Maphosa Arthur (NASH); Gu­vuriro Oliviarth (Ter­tiary In­sti­tu­tions); Chekure Ed­ward (Ter­tiary In­sti­tu­tions); Sibanda Jerry (Bulawayo City FC); Sibanda Love­more (Bulawayo Chiefs FC); Chizengwe Shack­man (Black Rhi­nos FC); Jere Farai (CAPS United FC); Ncube Doubt (Cha­pungu FC); Ncube Lifa (Chicken Inn FC); Sanya­mandwe Solomon (Dy­namos FC); Mtombeni Evans (FC Plat­inum); Remba Ku­dak­washe (Herentals FC); Mhlophe Ken­neth (High­landers FC); Masepe Alois (Harare City FC); Chisango Ku­dak­washe (Mutare City FC); GaraNi­cholas Nichrut (Mhloro Tavaziva J (Sha­banie Mine FC); Matikinyidze Love­more (Tri­an­gle United FC0; Chatam­budza Ever­son (Yadah FC); Mazarire Tungami­rai (ZPC Kariba FC); Ga­sitene Jeremiah (Ngezi Plat­inum FC).

Mr Chiyangwa

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