The elections kicked off last weekend with ZIFA asking aspiring candidates for posts on the associations board to pay US$500, with those seeking Premier Soccer League and regional posts asked to pay $400 and $300 respectively. Candidates for provincial, area zone and district posts were required to pay $200, as ZIFA apparently turned down recommendations by the Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) to reduce nomination fees in order to allow all aspiring candidates a chance to contest.
It was not immediately possible to get the names of the three candidates from Midlands province who were barred from standing in elections over nomination fees. Explaining the decision not to reduce the fees, ZIFA chief executive officer Henrietta Rushwaya — who last week had said the association was looking into the issue of the nomination fees in line with SRC recommendations — claimed that the countrys supreme sports authority had in fact never said ZIFA should reduce nomination charges. We were asked to justify the figures and we presented our budget to them, not that we were told to slash (fees),” Rushwaya said, clearly contradicting SRC chairman Joseph James, who told this newspaper last week that the top sports organ had directed the soccer body to slash nomination fees.
The SRC met with ZIFA in Bulawayo about a fortnight ago and according to James the commission: “expressed our concerns at the amounts ZIFA were asking as nomination fees. We felt they were rather too high and we ordered them to reduce the amounts so that they will be affordable. Meanwhile former Highlanders secretary Horace Ndubiwa won the election in Bulawayo, Brian Austin was also elected while Dennis Tshuma and Nkosilathi Ncube were victorious in Matabeleland North and South respectively.Post published in: Zimbabwe Sports News