Jere opens up on Zifa presidency

Caps United president Farai Jere has emerged as a hot favourite to become the next Zifa president and has made considerable headway in setting himself up for the election that will take place on December 5.

Kevin Mapasure

Like most of the people who are expected to submit their candidature, Jere claims he has been approached by many people asking him to stand in the Zifa election bidding to replace Cuthbert Dube.

Businessman Philip Chiyangwa, former Zifa boss Trevor Carelse Juul, former Harare City chairman Leslie Gwindi and Premier Soccer League chairman Twine Phiri have all made the same claims.

Chiyangwa, though is likely to be disqualified because he does not have five years experience in football administration as the Zifa constitution requires. Jere’s advantage is that he has not been tainted by involvement in past failures of national football administration.

Although he claims he is still considering whether to stand, it has been established that he intends to. Ground work is being laid in order for him to woo councilors to his side.

Jere has assembled an influential campaign team to canvass for support.

He addressed the media at a press conference yesterday where he officially announced the selling of part of his Caps United shares.

Jere ceded 20% of his 80% stake in Caps United to Nhamo Tutisani. Phiri owns the remainder.

The Green Machine owner had hoped to confine discussions to ownership of the club but was forced to address questions to do with his ambition to replaced Dube at the helm of the football mother body.

While he tried hard to convince journalists he was yet to make a decision, he subtly confirmed he will be one of the presidential candidates come December 5.

“I can confirm that I have been overwhelmed by people asking me to stand as Zifa president,” said Jere. “Every day I am on the phone with people asking to come and help Zifa, but I am still to make my decision, since I have to consider a lot of things.”

He added that he was too busy for the Zifa job since he was also occupied with Caps united, as well as academic studies, where he is pursuing a business degree.

“At the moment I am very busy. I have Caps United to run and I am also going to school, my plate is full at the moment.”

But having said that he was quick to point out that the Zifa job was a prospect that excited him.

“It’s a national issue that has been put on my table I can’t say yes or no I also do not want to let people down.
Taking up the Zifa presidency is something workable but I am looking at what it takes and what is required before I make my decision, It’s important that I know what is required of me in that position.”

Caps United announced it will hold a corporate engagement dinner on November 27 where the club hope to entice business into football.

The Harare giants said that the initiative would benefit football as a whole and not only Caps United.

The move can also be viewed as a campaign tool for Jere who will be trying to show his links with business ahead of the election a few days later.

After Jere became the majority shareholder at Caps he has transformed the club which is now financially stable having hit turbulent waters especially in the first half of the season.

The club is still battling to clear some of its debts.

The post fell vacant after the Zifa assembly passed a vote of no confidence in Dube’s entire board earlier this month.

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