Nomination process for Zifa execs underway

The nomination process for Zifa executive committee positions officially opened on Wednesday and the process will close on October 30, according to the electoral road map released in May this year.

Elections for the new Zifa board are set to be held on December 1.

The board is made up of eight members comprising the president, vice-president and six others; of which two come from the Premier Soccer League and Zimbabwe Women’s Soccer League.

According to the road map, any person that wants to be president of the association has to fork out $5 700, of which $200 is for the nomination form. Candidates for the vice-president have to part with $4 200, with $200 going towards purchase of the nomination form.

The four elected members of the executive outside the seconded ones from the PSL and women’s football have to pay $3 200.

Incumbent Zifa president, Phillip Chiyangwa, his deputy Omega Sibanda and executive committee member Philemon Machana have already announced that they will be seeking a fresh four-year mandate.

According to Article 32 section three of the Zifa elections, the mandate of the executive committee is four years and may be re-elected for one additional term.

If the trio of Chiyangwa, Sibanda and Machana get re-elected, they will be serving their last terms of office unless there is a change of the constitution.

“The members of the executive committee shall have already been active in football administration for at least five years and must not have been previously found guilty of a criminal offence as defined under national criminal law and have residency within the territory of Zifa. The president shall be not be younger than 40 years,” reads part of article 32 of the Zifa constitution.

No names of interested candidates have so far been thrown around other than the trio, but many are expected to raise their hands in the next 12 days before the nomination process closes. – Chronicle