By Political Reporter
In a bid to rejuvenate his waning political career, leader of the embattled MDC Alliance Nelson Chamisa has formed a football academy to resuscitate his political life that is on the verge of collapse.
Information gathered by this publication revealed that Chamisa has been urged by his handlers to find ways that can attract youths to his political movement and has already chosen sport as a launch pad for his waning political career.
Chamisa with the help of some Zimbabweans based in Germany and South Africa formed the Nelson Chamisa Sports Academy and a board to run the affairs of the new academy has already been appointed.
The academy which will mainly focus on soccer will have Chamisa as the president, while one S Ushe and J Ndlovu will be the manager and Chairman respectively.
One L Madzingaidzo has been appointed the vice chairperson while E Mudzuraona will be the secretary.
Other members of Chamisa’s academy are K Toroiwa (vice secretary), Pastor O Manduna (Treasurer), F Chinobva (International Coordinator), B Karembera (Marketing), Dr Marisa (Heath) and T Mapini (Spokesperson).
Germany based R Gwangwava, J Musarike, and South Africa based N Chikowore complete the list of the board members.
A source within the MDC Alliance confided in this publication that Chamisa’s advisors in America have urged him to focus on recruiting youths to his political outfit as the youths constitute a large proportion of the population.
“This (the formation of the academy) is the brainchild of our friends in America who told the president (Chamisa) that sport is a tool that can be used to lure youths to the party. This academy is being sponsored by some people in America and it has a vision of growing into a football club that will compete in the Zimbabwe Football Premier League,” added the source.
However, MDC Alliance National Standing Committee member who spoke to this publication on condition of anonymity accused Chamisa of dumping pertinent issues of the party while focusing on football.
“I think the president’s (Chamisa) advisors are misleading him. It seems the leaders are seized with self-aggrandizement activities at the expense of the party. The president is busy forming a football club while the Secretary General Charlton Hwende is busy advertising his company TruLogistics on his social media sites. It seems politics is no longer a priority to them,” said the NSC member.
Efforts to get a comment from Chamisa were fruitless as he was not answering his phone.