Fifa expects free, fair Zifa elections

FIFA’S development officer for southern Africa, Ashford Mamelodi, who will monitor the Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) board elections tomorrow, said the world football body hopes for a transparent electoral process and a result that will be acceptable to everyone. 

R>Speaking from his Botswana base yesterday ahead of his arrival in Harare this afternoon, Mamelodi said Fifa had a special interest in the Zifa elections since the polls are a conclusion of Fifa’s roadmap to bring back normalcy to Zimbabwean football.

“We are hoping for free and transparent elections in accordance with the Zifa constitution and the Fifa roadmap,” Mamelodi told IndependentSport. “We just want to see the roadmap come to an end. We will ensure that the elections are held in accordance with the expected procedure.”

Mamelodi however conceded that Fifa has not been closely monitoring the conditions in the run-up to the elections, saying the world body has been relying entirely on Zifa for updates ahead of the crucial polls.

“We rely on reports given to us by Zifa,” he said. “From what they tell us the conditions for the elections are satisfactory and we are going by that assumption.”

Former Premier Soccer League (PSL) chairman Wellington Nyatanga and Cuthbert Dube, member of the outgoing board, face off for the Zifa chairmanship.

The vice-chairmanship will be contested by Tendai Madzorera, Gibson Homela and Jabulani Nkomo, a businessman and son of the late Zimbabwe Vice-President Joshua Nkomo.

Homela is also in the running for one of the two committee members’ posts alongside six other contestants — Austin Hakunavanhu, Regis Dzenga, Victor Zvogbo, Join Nkathazo, Richard Maseko, Gladmore Muzambi.

The remaining two positions on the six-member board, under Zifa regulations, are reserved for the newly elected PSL chairman Tapiwa Matangaidze and the Zifa chief executive officer to be appointed by the new board. — Staff Writer.

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