THE chickens are coming home to roost for Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) president Cuthbert Dube following his habit of spoon-feeding the association.
Report by Simba Rushwaya
The Zifa boss this week accused government of failing to assist the football governing body fund the abortive Under-17 national team trip to Congo, Brazzaville, for the second round return leg tie of the African Youth Championships.
This was the second time Zifa has failed to secure funding for a national youth team this year after the national Under-20 side met the same fate in their second leg match away to Angola in Luanda.
The predicament leaves our soccer in limbo with developmental sides that should be the fulcrum of future Warriors teams being frustrated and denied exposure.
Dube is now strangely crying foul, blaming the Education, Sports and Culture ministry for not assisting Zifa financially.
There is little merit in his argument; Dube should shoulder most of the blame for literally running the association using funds from his pocket. His actions are detrimental to the association and were always going to boomerang one day, as indeed they have.
The former Buymore Football Club owner has poured hundreds of thousands of dollars into the Zifa coffers, rescuing the bankrupt association time and again. That is as wrong as it is unsustainable. It is better to teach someone to fish rather than give them fish so that they become independent.
Dube is culpable in making the current Zifa secretariat redundant by providing money to the association on a silver platter.
The secretariat is the backbone of Zifa and must be held responsible when the football governing body fails to source sponsorship and resources to oil operations of the organisation.
Dube must take the flake for spoon-feeding the secretariat, including paying their salaries; the secretariat should justify its existence at Zifa House.
Blaming government for the Under-17’s failure to travel to Congo is ludicrous because government is seized with priority expenses and does not have the funds to meet all its obligations. Sending the Young Warriors to Congo was never a government priority; It is Zifa’s mandate.
Zifa should look at itself long and hard in the mirror, and find out why they are not getting corporate support when in other countries sponsors are scrambling to come on board.
A case in point is the South Africa Football Association (Safa). Safa has sponsorship right from the youth teams to the women’s sides.