Chamu Chi­wanza eyes Zifa board

The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - SPORT - Makom­borero Mu­timukulu Sports Edi­tor Brighton Zhawi

BUSI­NESS­MAN Chamu Chi­wanza is weigh­ing the pros and cons of throw­ing his hat into the ring be­fore the close of the Zifa board’s nom­i­na­tion process on Tues­day.

The 38-year-old Chi­wanza, who is head of Zifa’s mar­ket­ing com­mit­tee, in­sists that although he has “mad love for foot­ball” the de­ci­sion on whether or not to stand on De­cem­ber 1 is prov­ing dif­fi­cult to make.

“Be­fore the foot­ball I am a busi­ness­man and each de­ci­sion I make has im­pli­ca­tions not only me but my busi­ness part­ners, fam­ily and even work­ers,” he said yes­ter­day.

Chi­wanza, a close friend of Zifa pres­i­dent Phillip Chiyangwa, claims that there are “foot­ball god­fa­thers” who are push­ing him to con­test for a board seat.

“And th­ese peo­ple are not small boys, they are re­spected mem­bers of our game. Th­ese are peo­ple that even PC (Chiyangwa) bows down to,” he added.

“They have been call­ing me, urg­ing me to think se­ri­ously about get­ting into the Zifa board and han­dling the mar­ket­ing port­fo­lio. The fact that they be­lieve I can do this job is hum­bling on its own but be­ing hum­bled and de­cid­ing to take the plunge are two dif­fer­ent things. Foot­ball ad­min de­mands a lot.

“How­ever, I am think­ing se­ri­ously about what they have said and ex­pect to make a de­ci­sion soon … af­ter all the nom­i­na­tion process closes on Tues­day.”

If Chi­wanza comes aboard, Chiyangwa’s clique of Zifa vi­cepres­i­dent HE BRINGS his wife, four-year-old son and his mother to watch his other fam­ily in ac­tion. In his other life, Mun­yaradzi Mav­ima is an en­gi­neer who has a busy sched­ule, but that tight sched­ule has failed to stop him from pur­su­ing his pas­sion in vol­ley­ball.

Mav­ima is the UZ Wolves men’s team coach who has trans­formed the col­lege side from a mid-ta­ble team to se­ri­ous league chal- Omega Sibanda and fi­nance chief Phile­mon Machana will be strength­ened.

“Re­cently I was at the Best Foot­ball Awards in Lon­don where I met some of the world’s lead­ing foot­ball fig­ures and high­lighted that we are open for busi­ness like Pres­i­dent Mna­gangwa says and that we are se­ri­ous about foot­ball in Zim­babwe,” Chi­wanza said.

“But in as much as I tried to use all my award-win­ning mar­ket­ing skills th­ese guys, such as Marcelo, Zi­dane and oth­ers, were quick to point out that they know very lit­tle about us.

“What that told me is that there is some mas­sive work that needs to be done in terms of putting our game on the world stage. We need to pro­duce play­ers who will play in the top leagues in Europe and mar­ket us as a coun­try.

“We also need to have foot­ball play­ers visit our re­sorts such as Vic­to­ria Falls while still at the peak of their ca­reers and not as leg­ends who come to play ex­hi­bi­tion matches.”

“You have to plan, be or­ga­nized and also trust your tech­ni­cal team. Some­times I don’t at­tend train­ing,” he said.

Mav­ima is also a ‘life coach’ to his team, which com­prises of young play­ers in their mid-20s. UZ Wolves take on Harare City in a Na­tional League fix­ture at the Chin­hoyi Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy to­day.

It will be Harare City ver­sus UZ Wolves fam­ily.

Chamu Chi­wanza

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