VETERAN football administrators have disowned Zifa presidential aspirant Philip Chiyangwa.
The administrators, led by Lifelong Footballers Trust of Zimbabwe chairman Francis Zimunya, wrote to the ZIFA Electoral Committee on Tuesday seeking Chiyangwa’s disqualification as a candidate.
The Electoral Committee, led by chairman, Tendai Madzorera, had already cleared Chiyangwa to contest.
However, Zimunya and other football administrators said the flamboyant businessman should be disqualified on the grounds that he does not have the requisite five years football administration.
In fact, they say he has never been involved in football at any level, adding his candidature should be withdrawn on that basis.
Zimunya’s group said they were concerned “with the way football continues to be destroyed in Zimbabwe” by bringing in people with no sound background in the running of the game in this country.
“We as members of Lifelong Footballers Trust of Zimbabwe, an organisation that was established to address the challenges faced by the former footballers and to protect the legacy created by former footballers, are concerned about how football continues to be destroyed by several violations of ZIFA and FIFA statutes.
“We are perturbed to see gross violation of the ZIFA Constitution in particular by Phillip Chiyangwa who wants to be a member of the ZIFA board whilst he knows that he was never an executive member of Futsal, Mazoe Citrus and Chinhoyi Tigers Football Clubs.
“We challenge him to prove that he served as an administrator for a period of five years, as stipulated by the ZIFA constitution, at the organisation he purports to have served.”
Francis Zimunya, was a former member of the ZIFA Northern Region executive committee from July 1993 to 1999 before becoming the chairman of ZIFA Northern Region, where he was re-elected in March 2003 denies any knowledge of Chiyangwa’s participation in football at any level in the said region.
“Former players, club and provincial administrators which includes Pascal Zata, who was the Mashonaland West treasurer for 15 years, also confirms of not having seen Chiyangwa at any of the ZIFA meetings,” Zimunya’s group says in its petition to Zifa.
“The same has been confirmed by Kufandarerwa and Robert Chisvo, who were the chairman and the treasurer respectively of Mashonaland Central Province where Mazoe Citrus was situated.Advertisement
“Former Provincial and club executives, who administered football at that time, are prepared to testify that he (Chiyangwa) never participated in football administration at the clubs he purports to have administered.”
Chiyangwa is vying for the ZIFA presidency with former Harare City chairman Leslie Gwindi, ex-Warriors defender James Takavada and South Africa based businessman Trevor Carelse-Juul.