Is Chiyangwa the right candidate for Zifa?

The Zifa nomination process closes today and it is incumbent on the voting councillors to make the right and informed choices instead of being swayed by charm, charisma and trinkets.

NewsDay Comment

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For the past few years, the administration of local football has been appalling to say the least and the councillors now have a chance to correct past mistakes and it should be impressed on them that if they squander this one, then that could spell doom for local football. It is important that those who will vote should not just vote anyone because he or she has promised money or that the person is a smooth talker.

As we have learnt from the Cuthbert Dube fiasco, it is imprudent to vote for someone because that person is wealthy and may chip in with personal funds, but rather we need someone with the interests of local football at heart.

Businessman Phillip Chiyangwa’s entry into the race to succeed Dube has been characterised by asphyxiating coverage in the local media, but before he gets any endorsement, anyone who is interested in football must ask if he is the right man for the job. For all his flashy lifestyle, Chiyangwa has not covered himself in any administrative glory in the manner some of his companies are run.

Zeco, once a decorated engineering company, fell on hard times when Chiyangwa took over and it is imperative that Zimbabweans and the councillors who will vote for the Zifa president ask themselves if he is the right person for the job. The engineering company’s shares last traded in 2012, according to a report, while the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators once ranked Zeco as the worst governed listed counter due to its failure to release financial results on time and hold annual general meetings of shareholders.

Thus, a legitimate question that deserves to be asked is that if Chiyangwa cannot govern his own companies, what business should he have running a public body?

For all his flamboyance, Chiyangwa’s Zeco only had cash and cash equivalents of $129 down from $8 393 in the prior year and had a $28 000 cash overdraft. Cash and cash equivalent refer to the value of a company’s assets that are cash or can immediately be converted into cash.

While Chiyangwa can be well-meaning in his quest to land the Zifa post, the way he has handled Zeco should make the ordinary Zimbabwean sceptical of his motives.

Chiyangwa probably has some successes running his other companies, but Zeco blights his business acumen and, as they say, one bad apple spoils the barrel.

We applaud his donations to the Warriors and Mighty Warriors, but the timing of the handouts, right before elections, also raises questions on his sincerity. Chiyangwa is known to boast of his riches and lately of his looks and we hope his desire to land the Zifa post is not another vainglorious expedition. While all eyes are on Chiyangwa, we implore the Zifa councillors, who are going to vote, to be on their guard and select the right candidate.

Previously, the Zifa councillors not only voted Dube, but re-elected him, despite his obvious shortcomings and most football lovers are literally begging that this group does not lead us down that route again. The ball is now in the councillors’ court, they should vote with their heads. If they do not, local football may never recover.

What football needs now is a mature, level-headed person and that is what the councillors must demand from those who submit their papers today. Anything else will be the equivalent of giving hostage to fortune.

25 Comments

  1. find out more about his links with G&D shoes.

  2. morrison mababane

    chiyangwa has pride, he is not humble, he does not take advice. He uses money to influence decisions. He is not a team player. Have you ever heard him say “we” when he talks of his seeming success? Its all “I did this”. Don’t vote him in. Dube killed football and Chiyangwa will bury it.

  3. Chiyangwa just like his uncle can’t be trusted with any money that is not his. He lacks the basic skills. We are sick and tired of this family! They wanna be all over and wreck everything they touch. Enough

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  4. Benjani Mwaruwaru is the right candidate,ane nhorohondo yenhabvu and also he is well connected.Chiyangwa is a suspect anogona kufuma achiti team yezimbabwe ndakaitenga yava yangu tikazoshaya nhabvu zvachose munyika. Dai VaChiyangwa vamira havo vari kumaproporties kwavo kana team ichidawo rubatsiro remari vobatsirawo semwana weZimbabwe kwete kungowanika pose pose nepavasina ruzivo napo.

  5. Chadzunda Murozvi

    Pathetic reporting! This is an attack on Chiyangwa for you cannot judge him by the failure of 1 out of more than a dozen of his companies.

    We not kids and cannot be bought this cheap. I wonder whether the editor also thinks this was worthy publishing.

    I have never defended anything associated with Zanu pf but when you start writing such stories aim at just pulling others down, what then is your difference from the Herald?

  6. What cuthbert dube fiasco.Dont blame the guy for money owed before he was in office.He didnt smooth talk anyone.look at his football administration background.Dube was a good administrator who suffered the fate yekukandirwa matombo.Zimbabwe football achieved more when he was in charge.Reaching the semi final of a continental cup,qualifying for all africa games,qualifying for the olympics etc,…..

  7. vivian v siziba

    The contest for the hot seat should be between Lesley Gwindi and other contests not Chiyangwa.As for Mwaruwari, he could contest for any post as a committee member,he is still young, he has a lot to learn, people should not destroy him as a future administrator.

  8. kkkkkkkkk brovictor unemamhepo chete you nid cleansing enda kwa Magaya kana Kwa Makandiwa

  9. It will be the saddest day in Zimbabwe Football if Phillip Chiyangwa is elected ZIFA President. Chiyangwa has no useful experience in football administration , has no integrity and management skills. The man is arrogant,a dealer and generally corrupt. He will politicise ZIFA, strip all its assets and steal all money from FIFA. Just like he ruined businesses ZIFA will financially die if this man becomes ZIFA President. He must be stopped at all costs in the national interests and for the sake of football in Zimbabwe. Hameno henyu!

    1. sadly, the national interest in zimbabwe is dead and buried

  10. The real problem with ZIFA is the caliber of its councillors.

  11. Miliband is the right man for the job. His credentials speak for themself and he is an honest and credible man who has worked with the Motherbody Fifa. King of Selfies should stock to taking selfies.

  12. Mukuna is the right man for the job. His credentials speak for themself and he is an honest and credible man who has worked with the Motherbody Fifa. King of Selfies should stock to taking selfies.

  13. There is a clause which says someone must have been in soccer for 5 years and we all know Chiyangwa is buying the 5 years from the councillors and these councilors are a shame to the country. If this clause is done away with then the 40 year clause must also be removed o allow our Benjano to contest. look Zambia did it with Kalusha and they have reasons to smile.

  14. can goodlife say facts not to just lough and attack.Leading football is for football people look at all the controversies now sorrounding fifa.Benjani would have been the best,that clause is there to protect the myopic administrators in Zimbabwe.Only someone who has played soccer in europe or at least south africa knows what kind of administration soccer needs.i wish people like moses chunga,peter ndlovu or bruce would have contested for this post.These are people who know soccer.

  15. can goodlife say facts not to just lough and attack.Leading football is for football people look at all the controversies now sorrounding fifa.Benjani would have been the best,that clause is there to protect the myopic administrators in Zimbabwe.Only someone who has played soccer in europe or at least south africa knows what kind of administration soccer needs.i wish people like moses chunga,peter ndlovu or bruce would have contested for this post.These are people who know soccer.

  16. chiyangwa ashaya opposition saka zvoitwa sei, like he said or dared, bring on your own people vapinde mu race

  17. I will not hesitate to politicise football. I will make sure we are barred in every soccer discipline. I will make use of this opportunity to travel to countries l have travel restrictions under the guise of football. I will introduce a raft of ideas. Every soccer fan will put on team regalia in all soccer stadia, l will be famed also by introducing THE ZORAI BUTTER celebration its a mandate that you will be required to follow suit when others do. So please vote Phidza. Zorai butter will be popular like the Mexican wave every player must celebrate in that style to show Patriotism Viva myself…….

    1. @tsivo1…ka1 phidza we are behind you.money rules tellem

  18. Chiyangwa is not the right person to lead ZIFA we need people who understand the game people who have been in football admin.A person like Lincoln Mutasa will be the right person to lead ZIFA.

  19. Zim football like anything else in Zim will always be dead anyhow no matter who leads Zifa. We might as well just accept Phidza and allow our fate to be sealed for good

  20. chiyangwa a failure to himself a person amongst the Generation 40 who does not have a ministerial position and he is scramble for power

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  22. Its disgusting to say the least that Phillip Chiyangwa has the audacity to think he can be ZIFA President. Worse still for some people in the football fraternity to think that he is worth backing. Are we that brain dead in this country to have such warped thinking???

    It was bad enough with Cuthbert Dube, but to even contemplate that Chiyangwa is a suitable candidate is truly the height of stupidity, and that will surely sound the death nail in the coffin of local football.

    How can normal people even think of sinking this low????

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