Video:’Chiyangwa must fall’

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Phillip Chiyangwa seems to have taken a commanding lead in the Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) elections, with the majority of our powerless and, therefore, helpless soccer lovers kowtowing behind, in frustration.

Gift Mambipiri

What sounded like a bad joke at the beginning, is slowly turning out to be real. And by the time we sit for dinner on December 5, Chiyangwa maybe having his name firmly written in black and white as the legitimate successor to Cuthbert Dube.

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Chiyangwa seems to have struck the right, but useless chords for this particular Zifa election.

The race for the Zifa presidency is not over yet, and will not be over until election day, but Chiyangwa seems to have scored four critical goals already, leaving the majority Zimbabweans exasperated and engulfed by a feeling of hopelessness.

Watch the video below:

It is that feeling of hopelessness among supporters, players and key sponsors that will totally annihilate the local game from the very morning after the election.

Chiyangwa’s first score came with his endorsement by the Zifa Elections Committee that he qualifies to stand as a candidate for the elections. There is a simple constitutional requirement at Zifa, that for one to qualify for election onto the Zifa board, they must have been involved in soccer for at least five years. No one believes Chiyangwa does have that long association with soccer, but he weaved his way by producing evidence that he was part of some “Mickey Mouse” football team in Chinhoyi for the required years. It all sounds fake and doctored. But it is a welcome score, nevertheless, for Chiyangwa.

The second score in Chiyangwa’s bag comes from lack of voting reforms at Zifa. This means that the majority of Zifa councillors, who have failed our soccer for many years themselves, will again take centre stage and sit to define a new leadership trajectory for our soccer. These are the same councillors who overwhelmingly voted for Dube to have a second term last year, despite his first one being a dismal failure. I do not think the majority of them vote with their football brains. To most of them, the election season is auction time. And who better to invite to your auction than mighty Chiyangwa?

The third score is a gift from sections of the mainstream media, and those with authoritative soccer voices. Today, Chiyangwa is being sold to the unsuspecting readers as the “game-changer”, without asking which game he has ever changed his whole life, and how? If our sports editors, who led with graphical illustrations of Dube’s failures when we wanted him gone, cannot lead the national discourse on who best to lead Zifa, based on their past and potential, it is easy to conclude they are part of the grand auction.

The fourth and final score for Chiyangwa in this first half of the elections game is his connection with pseudo organisations and personnel in the name of the Zimbabwe National Soccer Supporters’ Association (ZNSSA) and its “lifetime president” Eddie “Mboma” Nyatanga. He has been openly routing for Chiyangwa, which is his democratic right. He is going around everywhere in Chiyangwa T-shirts, driving around town what others have called a Chiyangwa Mercedes Benz. It is okay for Nyatanga to make hay while the sun still shines. That’s clever of him. But it becomes disturbing and offensive when he and the mainstream media legitimise his mercenary tendencies as a voice of the soccer supporters in Zimbabwe. Which supporters? Where did he get that mandate?

The acceptance and deceptive packaging of this outfit creates an impression, even in the eyes of some councillors, that soccer supporters, including you and I, are firmly behind Chiyangwa.

If we are serious about our soccer, then we must reverse whatever false strides Chiyangwa may have made.

We can’t have a man, whose selfies are providing comical relief on social media, leading our football because he has “money and the looks!” No.

Watch the video below:

The Zifa presidency is not about looks and money. It is about enunciating a policy framework that favours the easy, creative and beneficial participation of all soccer stakeholders, including government, sponsors, players and supporters. Simply relying on money is what was wrong with Dube’s tenure. That is what is and will be wrong with Chiyangwa. The election on December 5 is not about a team sponsor.

I can’t imagine Chiyangwa bringing any sustainable development policy to Zifa. His strength is on giving out freebies. But what we need now is to put in place a sustainable development framework for soccer in Zimbabwe.

Can anyone imagine, for a second, Chiyangwa, seating across the table with Douglas Mboweni of Econet, or the guys from Adidas, or Aliko Dangote, discussing a sustainable long-term project that takes care of football and its stakeholders?

Chiyangwa is after self-glory, and is likely to milk from, other than give to the national game. He is exactly what Zimbabwean soccer does not need now.

Gift Mambipiri is a media and Development consultant based in Kadoma. He writes in his personal capacity and can be reached on gmambipiri@gmail.com

50 COMMENTS

  1. Well said. Chiyangwa doesn’t know a thing about soccer.He only talks too much and musoro hamuna kana chinhu. This guy is dull. Zimbabwean football is going to the dogs.King of selfies for what?A person who doesn’t even know what ZIFA,FIFA,COSAFA e.t.c stands for.Iri ndodofo rekupedzisira.

  2. Munanyora maArticles enyu aya mambotanga mafunga.Your article is selfish and filled with condescending unjustified and baseless conclusions.It is just an attack on Mr Chiyangwa’s person.Articles must be objective giving the reader something to think about or spring them into action.Aya ndoanonzi matakanana chaiwo.Imiwo venewsday mototi mawana news pakadai?

      • Anyora matakana na arinani panewe unotoda kutangirwa nyaya navamwe Mango yakaora irimbishi. blame your poor understanding not the article, benzi rakangwara rinoramba rinyrerere rinotaurisa rinozvifumura hupenzi( even the fool may be considered wise if he remains quiet)

    • Chiyangwa anoti ane mari but fails to pay his workers enda kune macompany ake then yu wil kno what typ of ma he is Vanhu nane mari chaivo havadaro case in point Strive

  3. I wish those who vote could see the light the way you have rightly pointed out. But again like you said they vote not with their brains but with their stomachs. Come 5 december and chiyangwa wins as seems to be going to be the case, i will say R.I.P SOCCER.

  4. Vanhu vakaita sana Mango ndivo vanodzosera nyika sure. Whats wrong with this good article. Iwe Mango even with the current state of affairs in the country ndimi vanhu vano vhotera ZANU PF futi come 2018. Mbwa yemunhu.

  5. chiyangwa ku zifa, bhora mu coma, bye bye good sundays, hello chiyangwa on Tv everyday explaining the great things he will do for our soccer

  6. Mango, there is absolutely nothing wrong with this article. Zifa is a public institution requiring our inputs. Phidza haasi webhora uyo. Where have you ever heard of his name in this country’s football circle until now? Managing a boozers team and he makes his way up to run national football, these are all jokes. Watch his clips and get to know who the real Philip is. Murume mukuru, he still behaves like an urban groover and that’s the person whom you are looking upon to revive our football. In one of his clips he says I want to take the warriors to FIFA, hahahaha kana newewo? What is Philips business? What happened to that Byo shoe company he took over? Have you ever been to Stoneridge, a residential area he is selling stands that he purports to have developed? He occupies 3/4 of Harare south and how he came to have that, nobody knows. He is fleecing poor people of their meagre monies. Phidza, hapana hapana.

    • The shares in Chiyangwa’s Bulawayo company ZECO are trading at 0.01 cents. But still, nobody is buying them. ZIFA councillors will obviously vote for this crooked guy because only half their bribes have been paid. The other half comes when they ‘deliver’ the Chiyangwa win on the day.

  7. Chiyangwa is an excellent choice, we need someone who can destroy football beyond repair so as to match everything else that’s been destroyed in this country

    • True that Mate, Chiyangwa knows how to make money for himself, if he had interest in sport he could have been making donations as he claims to be filthy rich? Watch this space, this is an opportunity for him to pay his debts, and that’s exactly what Zim is good for, stealing. Bless you @ truth.

  8. The article has been well written and i hope soccer loving fans will not be held to ransom by this self glorifying ratchet who masquarades as a soccer saviour. Philip should be thrown in the dustbin of football history. Councillors i urge you for the first time to use your brains and not stomach when voting if you want to enjoy the growth of soccer in this sorry state.

  9. This guy will convert all the stadiums into residential stands and sell them to foreign based players like us, who really need them. He will also give the ZIFA councillors houses in Bluff Hill. This guy will do everything nice to us soccer lovers and players. Vote him in.

  10. Lets give Chiyangwa a chance. He has proven himself as someone who is capable of running his businesses and that’s what we need at Zifa. Failure of one or 2 businesses does not rule him out. So Go Pfidza Go!

  11. Which business has chiyangwa successifuly run? His private school is crying out loud for a good leader, his pinnercle property company is ever in the news for wrong reasons, There is still 2 weeks to elections, Chiyangwa will fall

  12. With Philip at the helm of ZIFA in Zimbabwe, our football loving people should be prepared for the worst. Soccer will be in the intensive care unit in this once beautiful country. Why take the risk when there are other candidates whose track records in the administration of football are cleaner and clearer than those of fake Chiyangwa.

  13. Kuitabasa rekunyepera anhu kuti ndiri hama ya Robert Matibili, which makes Chiyangwa a Moscan and therefore not eligible to contest any elections in this country. Even mu Mr Ugly maanogona kuhwina zvisina bribe haakwane becoz ndewechirudzi.

  14. Chiyangwa is a very good gentleman only if he remains where he is now any association with Zifa will reduce Him to a failure .Scribes like Gift should be allowed more space in the media for calling a spade a spade

  15. Voting for Chiyangwa is Voting for the demise of Football in Zimbabwe all what he knows best is property management and flamboyant lifestyle, unless he is employed by Zifa to buy zifa properties and posh cars well you can try him. well his money can buy him that seat but will not buy him the knowledge wisdom and skills needed to run that organisation

  16. imagine taking on board a political reject, and a confirmed political failure without even the history of chasing a plastic ball only because he has money at the expense of the qualified ,experienced ,true soccer loving and results oriented characters out there,if we cant find anyone better than him its better we bring back Leo than having a blind man leading us. Ndaramba bodo!!!!!!

  17. What a stupid video! This imbecile and his spoilt daughters desecrating Chimbetu’s song. Shame on you Smith policeman. Nxaaaa….

  18. In 1980 a very crude mistake was done. Come 2015, a similar error is being done; hleka Godonga – lifile elihle. Gara zviye amborichii cha ….. onini wekwaZvimba? He will be taking notes from nhingirikiri on “how to run down an organisation”. Vote for him dumb councillors, what else is expected from hungry oakes like you? Sad. ZRP join the gang and offer protection I am very convinced you will have more six packs than you currently have. He has a lot of dirty money from his pyramid scheme

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  20. ZANU PF people have destroyed our country and this will put the final nail in the coffin for Zimbabwean football.

  21. Gift Gift Gift….how many times did I call you.
    So you have found fault in Chiyangwa….so what is your solution. He has to fall then what? Whats your plan ? Who do you think should win and why? You just can not go on and on about why Chiyangwa is wrong without opening eyes of people to a better option. Not Chiyangwa hut who. You also don’t seem to know. Which makws you a bunch of confused self.

    2. You are saying ‘we’ , you and who. Unless you wrote this with your wife and kid. Then when people like mboma say we…you have a problem with it. You are writing on behalf of soccer lovers…those with soccer at heart,who gave you the right. Who have mboma the right. Mboma and you aint different my friend.

    3. What good will your article bring. Has you written maybe about 10 points for Zifa turnaround, you would have sounded learned . Your utterances chiyangwa this chiyangwa that….if ww make a video out of them…same samw na chiyangqa wacho

    3.5 Saka iwe uri kuti ma cancellors should not vote? But who, since they have the mandate? Uri kushora evwrything about zifa saka uri kudei.so if they vote for someone else its ok . But if they vote for chiyangwa hazviite?

    4. You have no sense of humour whatsover
    Chiyangwa’s videos are for fun. They have nothing to do with anything else but fun . Munoimba seiko ku soccer kwacho if you are uptight kunge midzimu.
    5. Give facts…point out things that will make soccer progress than taking your time kushoropodza vanhu. Its wat cowards do

  22. Zimbabwe has some seriously rich people – Strive Masiyiwa, Shingi Mutasa, the Levy brothers, billy Rautenbach, John Bredenkamp, Mohamed Mussa etc.. How come it’s only this double chinned thug Chiyangwa who is always bragging about his wealth? I think there is some psychiatric issue happening here.

  23. @Brother vebrain you have a truly warped and puerile mind. Chiyangwa’s so-called ‘videos’ are not funny at all, unless if you think a middle-aged man prancing around and behaving like an overgrown clown is ‘fun’. In fact, I strongly suspect you are Chiyangwa himself or one of his misguided and spoilt offspring. Useless gutter snipe.

    • Tibvirepo Cancerlot! Kana wakaoma mutezo hatisiri isu tinokutadzisa kuseka.
      Saka video iyoyo inomutadzisa kuita chii.
      Stop being petty
      ehe ndini chiyangwa wacho..sakaaa

  24. Does this guy even have ‘O’ levels? Does anybody remember being in the same class with this dofo called Chiyangwa?

  25. Kunyepera Vanhu kuti Kwahi ndine ma good looks. Izvo zvimatama zvakarembera kunge mhatta dzemakudo hakusi kuzviona here?

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  26. Gift Gift Gift….how many times did I call you.
    So you have found fault in Chiyangwa….so what is your solution. He has to fall then what? Whats your plan ? Who do you think should win and why? You just can not go on and on about why Chiyangwa is wrong without opening eyes of people to a better option. Not Chiyangwa but who. You also don’t seem to know. Which makes you a bunch of confused self.

    2. You are saying ‘we’ , you and who. Unless you wrote this with your wife and kid. Then when people like mboma say we…you have a problem with it. You are writing on behalf of soccer lovers…those with soccer at heart,who gave you the right. Who gave mboma the right. Mboma and you aint different my friend.

    3. What good will your article bring. Had you written maybe about 10 points for Zifa turnaround, you would have sounded learned . Your utterances chiyangwa this chiyangwa that….if we make a video out of them…same same na chiyangqa wacho

    3.5 Saka iwe uri kuti ma cancellors should not vote? But who, since they have the mandate? Uri kushora everything about zifa saka uri kudei.so if they vote for someone else its ok . But if they vote for chiyangwa hazviite?

    4. You have no sense of humour whatsover
    Chiyangwa’s videos are for fun. They have nothing to do with anything else but fun . Munoimba seiko ku soccer kwacho if you are uptight kunge midzimu.
    5. Give facts…point out things that will make soccer progress than taking your time kushoropodza vanhu. Its wat cowards do

  27. ayaaah ndazviona hangu kuti vanhu wanehasha wakuru,don’t worry Phillip is not going to win,plus mari yacho ndeipi,mukaramba muchiti ane mari ane mari muchamusungisa newaakakwereta mari yaarikutadza kubhadhara,didn’t you got it in his internet blue print download,though he is still to study it very well,he said he is to makesure zifa has to create its resources to support its activities and one of its way of doing that is to have some lodges which will accommodate the national team and other guest and this is through tourism i hope kana kuti ma lodge emaHure hameno and the building is already there his unfinished 2010 project though,and another source he mentioned was NSSA already uku akaona kuti kwakabooka coz atone chikwereti nechekare ikoko
    zvema company hatichataura,saka mari yamkoma PHIDZA ndeipi apa

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