Maphepha Eyes Zifa, PSL Posts

OUTGOING Highlanders’ Football Club chairman Ernest “Maphepha” Sibanda has revealed ambitions to challenge for a leading position in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) or the Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa).

 Sibanda told IndependentSport this week that he has set sights on an influencial role in one of the country’s top two football bodies, but declined to disclose the exact post he intend to land.

 “Although I have nothing planned on the football scene this year, I am currently striving to lobby for posts in either Zifa or the PSL,” Sibanda said. “My withdrawal from the Highlanders elections next month is a strategy in my continual rise to the top of football administration in the country.”

 In an earlier interview, Sibanda highlighted that he had done a lot of work for the football fraternity, having been involved with the national team as team manager.

 “I have had 17 years of contribution to football in Zimbabwe, starting at community level where we established Mthala Football Club.

We developed the juniors at the club, and I moved to Highlanders where I became the team manager before landing the chairman’s post.

Subsequently, I was invited to join the technical team at the national team as a manager and we recorded our own successes there.

I believe that I have played my role on the football scene and I believe that I have made a  great contribution to the development of the sport in the country in general and am now ripe for a position where I can use my experience to the greater good of the game in Zimbabwe,” said Sibanda.

 Sibanda’s last stint at the former Zimbabwean champions has been characterised by allegations of maladministration and failure to steer the former dominant club to new levels.

He stands accused, among other things, of presiding over the fall of standards at Highlanders and failing to account for funds from the transfer of striker Obadiah Tarumbwa to Belgian First Division club Cercle Bru.

BY NICOLLETE DLAMINI

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