Zifa president Cuthbert Dube speaks to NewsDay Sports Editor Wellington Toni on the issue of Belgian coach Tom Saintfiet, Warriors campaign, finances at the national association, labour cases and other issues.
He and his 13-member board have been in office since March and as the year draws to an end, Dube looks back at months of firefighting which has seen the nation’s flagship, the Warriors stutter in the Africa Cup of Nations 2012 campaign.
1-Tom Saintfiet and the Warriors campaign in Chan and Afcon.
“We are still waiting to hear from the Department of Immigration on our re-submission for the work permit; probably early next week should give us something.
“But definitely, there will be a substantive head coach in charge of the Warriors by Christmas so that we prepare for the CHAN (Africa Nations Championships) and the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations match against Mali while there is still time. We should be able to secure one or two friendly matches in preparation for Chan and the Afcon match.
“There is a Warriors Trust that has been in existence and now we want to extend it to Friends of the Warriors Trust. We have indentified corporates that can support us in this cause.
“In that regard, next month will see the launch of a sponsorship committee that will look at all those issues and the critical issues of Division One leagues.
“They fall directly under us and for four years, they have not had any kind of sponsorship; they had been forgotten yet they supply all the talent you see in the Premier League. For the Division Two and Three, ahh, they were not even in existence.
“So really we have to work extra hard, pull together as a board and make sure that we get the required finances and mobilise all support.”
2-Zifagate Part Two
“The Assembly resolved to implement part two of the investigation and the Sports Commission has said there must be that follow up on the other trips that were undertaken. There will be no sacred cows on this, we will name and shame without fear.”
“Henrietta Rushwaya has been dismissed and am not sure if she will appeal or not against that. Harry Taruva (marketing and media officer) has also been fired while Jonathan Musavengana’s case will be concluded on Monday November 29, so I cannot say much on that.
“There will be no room for criminal elements at the association; we want a very clean secretariat to run the game.”
4-Refinancing the association
“There are prospective sponsors that are waiting to get into the game, but they are saying ‘clean up your house first before we can come in’. We will engage government seriously because we want them to play a pivotal role in the game.
“But again, the government will say we cannot pour funds into the game unless there is accountability and good corporate governance. So we have to make sure we are clean and then entice the government to come into the game. We will do that through our superior body, the SRC.
“Once that is done, the corporate sector will come in. We have not been able to host tournaments or enter junior teams in continental tournaments because of finances yet we received grants. So we need funding.
“A strategic planning workshop will be held in January 2011 and that will guide us for the rest of our term in office so that whoever takes over has a plan to start somewhere. This is unlike now where there was no plan in place and things were just being done on an ad-hoc basis.
“The workshop will look at administration, development, finance, marketing, partnerships, junior football, women football and the Warriors-that is the gateway to a new Zifa.”