IT’S all systems go for the Zifa elections that take place on Saturday in Harare.
A new board is being put in place to replace Cuthbert Dube’s board that was fired by the general assembly in October, and will only be in office until March 2018.
On Thursday morning, the Zifa Electoral Committee chaired by retired Justice Sello Nare convened at the Zifa Village in Mt Hampden with representatives from Fifa and Caf to finalise the voting process and verification of the 58 members of the assembly that will cast their ballots.
Wednesday was also a busy day for the two presidential candidates Trevor Carelse Juul and Phillip Chiyangwa as they descended on Bulawayo to meet councillors from the city, Matabeleland North and Matabeleland South.
The duo is contesting against Leslie Gwindi and former Ziscosteel and Warriors defender James Takavada.
Chiyangwa was accompanied by his running mate Omega Sibanda, who will face Lincoln Mutasa for the post of vice president after Elkanah Dube pulled out at the last minute.
Sibanda was in the former board chaired by Dube and was suspended for allegedly plotting to unseat his boss.
Sibanda is not new to football, he is a football agent who attempted to take FC Platinum to the courts for services rendered way back in 2011 without success.
At one stage, he was committee member of Highlanders and quit the same year to contest for the vice chairmanship of the club and lost.
Mutasa is a former Dynamos chairman and rich with football achievements at the country’s most successful football club.
Unconfirmed reports suggest that Elkanah Dube was paid off not to contest against Sibanda by the Chiyangwa camp.
Former Warriors player Edzai Kasinauyo, who is vying for a post on the board, was also in the City of Kings before travelling to the Zvishavane where he met councillors from the Central and Eastern Regions.
Zifa chief executive Jonathan Mashingaidze said all was set for Saturday elections.
“Everything is in place, the road map has been followed and Fifa and Caf have been giving us guidance and direction with regards to that so at the end of the day, we do the proper thing,” he said.
Zifa president: Phillip Chiyangwa, Trevor Carelse Juul, James Takavada, Leslie GwindiAdvertisement
Zifa vice president: Omega Sibanda, Lincoln Mutasa
Zifa Board members: Edzai Kasinauyo, Lewis Uriri, Wilfred Mukuna, Musa Mandaza, Joseph Musariri, Piraishe Mabhena, Felton Kamambo, Musa Gwasira, Jackson Munyaka, Philemon Muchana, Lewis Matindife