Dube re-election gets Fifa thumbs up

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DESPITE all the hue and cry about Cuthbert Dube’s re-election as Zifa president, world football governing body, Fifa has endorsed the outcome of last Saturday’s elections.
Dube thumped ex-Zifa chairman Trevor David Caresle-Juul 44 to 14 in the run-off vote.
The preliminary poll had seen Dube garner 34 votes followed by Carelse-Juul with 14 while Leslie Gwindi got 10 votes. The fourth candidate, Nigel Munyati, failed to get a single vote.
The new Zifa board will have Dube as the president and he will be deputised by Bulawayo businessman Omega Sibanda while John Phiri, Fungai Chihuri, Bernard Gwarada and Tavengwa Hara will be the board members.
Premier Soccer League chairman Twine Phiri, who was also recently re-elected, and new Zimbabwe Women Football boss Mirriam Sibanda complete the eight-member board.
Minister of Information Jonathan Moyo, who was reportedly backing Carelse-Juul, has criticised the re-election of Dube saying it is immoral and that the Electoral College made a huge mistake.
But Ashford Mamelodi, the Fifa development officer for Southern and Eastern Africa, said the world football body is satisfied with how the polls were conducted and that the new board was properly elected.
“I came here to attend a general assembly part of which the elections was one item and I should say it went very well, it was an important day in football.
“For us at Fifa we have just helped Zifa to come up with a new constitution and implement it. It was so successful and quite gratifying.
“The election went well, absolutely well. The electoral board did a sterling job and they really need to be congratulated for that.
“We at Fifa are very happy that the new Zifa board has been properly elected in terms of the statutes and we stand ready support that.
“We really just appealing even on the government side that they should continue to support football not just in terms of financial resources but even in terms of how they relate with it.
“At Fifa we view the partnership on the stakeholders; we think they are very important especially in Africa where you hardly do anything without support of government.
“We are extremely satisfied with the election. Anybody else who isn’t and who wasn’t in the room as the member of the Zifa general assembly, why do we really need to continue being negative,” Mamelodi said.Advertisement