Phiri joins Zifa race

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Warriors’ legend John Phiri will attempt to answer the call for more former players to get involved in football administration after the ex-defender threw his name into the hat for the vacant Zifa board member development post.

Report by Kevin Mapasure

Phiri is one of several candidates who have so far handed in their nomination papers for several posts within Zifa and its affiliates.

Reliable sources told IndependentSport that Phiri had put himself in the running to replace Methembe Ndlovu who was dismissed from the board over involvement in the Asiagate scandal.

With nominations closing today it was not clear whom Phiri would be facing for the top seat.The former ‘Dream Team’ star defender’s involvement has mostly been in football commentary on television. He will have to pass the first test at the weekend where the electoral committee meets to evaluate the eligibility of all the candidates.

By-elections for the Zifa board will be conducted on May 4 while those for the vacant seats in the mother body’s affiliates are set for the end of this month.

Prominent football personalities eyeing vacant posts include Desmond Ali who is targeting the Northern region chairmanship which would give him a seat on the Zifa board.

Dynamos vice-chairman Webster Chikengezha is aiming for the vacant Castle Lager Premier Soccer League’s board member finance.

The winning candidates will serve for less than a year in office with Zifa elections set for early next year when the current term expires.
Current Zifa president Cuthbert Dube has already declared interest in a second term and has started laying ground work for reelection.

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