Zifa Elections Just Got Interesting As Kamambo Challenges Chiyangwa
Felton Kamambo yesterday ( 23 October 2018) revealed his intention to challenge Philip Chiyangwa in the club’s presidential elections scheduled for 1 December 2018. Felton Kamambo is a former Zifa leader while Philip Chiyangwa is the current Zifa leader.
Kamambo said that he has done his homework and to him Chiyangwa can be defeated. He said that if he was not confident in winning, he would not waste his money trying to challenge Chiyangwa.
Anyone who wants to participate in the Zifa presidency elections is required to pay $5 700. The figure has been a subject of debate. The argument was that, $5 700 was an exorbitant amount meant to prize away prospective challengers for the top post.
Kamambo went to Zifa offices yesterday to pick up his nomination form, but returned empty handed after he was allegedly frustrated by the secretariat. He failed to get the papers and expressed his frustration saying:
“I went to the Zifa offices (in Highlands) to pick my nomination form, but I returned without one. I was referred from one office to the other, and couldn’t get the forms. Just imagine nomination opened on October 16 (2018) and will close on October 30 (2018), but today there are no nomination forms. It’s an attempt to frustrate anyone who challenges the leadership, but that will not work”.
Zifa spokesperson Xolisani Gwesela repudiated allegations that Kamambo had been denied nomination forms.
“I am not aware of anyone who has been denied nomination forms. All eligible candidates have to get nomination forms and we will never deny anyone access to nomination forms,” Gwesela said.
Kamambo had quitted his post together with Piraishe Mabhena in the Zifa executive committee earlier this year (March 2018). He cited the flouts of the constitution when he argued that the board’s term of office had expired.
Chiyangwa, his deputy Omega Sibanda and Philemon Machana remained to carry on in the board.
Kamambo had been fighting with Chiyangwa’s leadership especially the manner in which it administered the game. He said the Zifa leadership might employ all tactics, but their tricks will eventually come to an end.
Chiyangwa seem like he has a firm grip on the top football leadership position. Kamambo has taken the incumbent out of his comfort zone ahead of the elections. Kamambo reviewed that he was always critical of Chiyangwa’s management style. He went on to say that:
“Football is supposed to be unifying people, but he has created divisions. His leadership style leaves a lot to be desired. This is why I decided to resign from this board. Zifa is a public institution and everything it does should be above board. The Zifa board should decide, not individuals. I am ready to take him (Chiyangwa) head-on, and I am confident of winning,”
Kamambo had decided to challenge Chiyangwa because of the latter’s leadership style which he said had failed to unify people and has undermined principles of good corporate governance.
Chiyangwa however, refused to step down, arguing his board still had the mandate to run local football until fresh elections were held. He maintained he had the support of world soccer governing body, Fifa.
Kamambo, who is a senior manager at Grain Marketing Board (GMB), has been involved in football starting as Silo United FC president and then held various positions as board member (Central Region) board chair (Central Region) before he became a Zifa board member.
It had not been clear all along if Chiyangwa, who has been consolidating his position, would be challenged, but Kamambo has returned to haunt the businessman.