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Kamambo gets down to work

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NEWLY-ELECTED Zifa president Felton Kamambo immediately got down to business yesterday, starting with a meeting with Sport, Arts and Culture minister Kirsty Coventry to share notes on football development.

BY TAWANDA TAFIRENYIKA

The Zifa boss said they wanted to hear the minister’s expectations as well as express their views on the trajectory they needed to take the game of football forward.

“As the first day, today was about the handover-takeover process. It was a kind of some fact finding, to see what is the situation on the ground; what belongs to Zifa and what does not belong to Zifa. We are also going to meet with the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture to air our views on what needs to be done. We also want to hear from the minister her expectations,” he said.

“Football stakeholders have entrusted us to lead the development of football, and it means greater responsibility on our part as the Zifa leadership. We have an obligation to deliver. We have to maintain the pleasant atmosphere that has accompanied our election into office,” Kamambo said.

The Zifa boss insisted his team was determined to revolutionise the Zimbabwean game which had suffered from years of mismanagement.

Meanwhile, world soccer governing body Fifa has congratulated Kamambo for winning the Zifa presidential election against Philip Chiyangwa.

Kamambo, a former Zifa board member, beat the Harare businessman to the top post after garnering 35 votes while Chiyangwa secured 24.

The Zifa constitution stipulates that for one to be declared winner, he or she needs a two-thirds majority and this meant the election was supposed to have gone into a re-run.

However, Chiyangwa, sensing further humiliation, withdrew his candidature, leaving Kamambo to be declared duly elected president of Zifa.

And yesterday, Fifa, through chief of staff to the president, Mattias Grafstrom, issued a congratulatory message to the new Zifa president.

“My name is Mattias Grafstrom, I am the chief of staff to the Fifa president. On his behalf, I would like to congratulate you and we look forward to working together to develop football in Zimbabwe, Africa and the world. We will be happy to find a moment early next year, to invite you to Zurich for an official visit.”

The Premier Soccer League, through its communications department, also sent a congratulatory message.

Kamambo will be deputised by Gift Banda who beat Omega Sibanda by 37 votes to 22 for the vice-presidency, leaving former board member finance Philemon Machana, as the only survivor from the previous executive who managed to retain his post after garnering 41 votes.

Manica Diamonds secretary-general Sugar Chagonda, businessman Chamu Chiwanza and Brighton Malandule all made it to the Zifa board.

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7 COMMENTS

  1. At least we expect you to do away with Chiyangwa’s behaviour who used to interfer with the PSL business putting his friends in charge. He haunted out Twine Phiri, the best PSL boss of all time and made Kenny Mubaiwa to run the PSL illegally. Along the way he always showed his love for Dynamos with the way he interferred with Dynamos games and appointment of controversial referees. Hatidi president weZifa anoita align himself with a PSL team unless that team is representing Zimbabwe. We hope sanity will prevail

  2. slowly but sure the old corruipt Mugabe era are dissapperaring ,this is a good development for soccer in the country Congratulationms Mr Kamambo, may you take Zimbabwean soccer to greater heights, do away with corruption and be built an institution founded on the principles of democracy, and free from corruption

  3. First and foremost, I want to congratulate Mr Kamambo for his victory. I wish him well on his new job and I expect him to show his exceptional leadership qualities and make our Zim soccer great and make African and world soccer great.

    Secondly, do away with an odd psl season, lets have a calender that starts in August and end in May please. This will be good for our football as it will be aligned with most of the countries in the world and that will not affect us on our AFCON & World cup competitions.

  4. I am happy that we now have a new admin at ZIFA and this will pay off if it can be managed well. Our football will never be the same under this new dispensation. Congratulations for your new victory Mr Kamambo.

  5. Behind you we are standing in your support Mr Kamambo the newly elected ZIFA president. I congratulate you once more time saying, let no one steal your vision as the world welcomes your entrance and FIFA is prepared to work with you.And to all other board members I congratulate as well and wish you the best and to work as a team.thank you

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