Zifa president eyes another term

Zifa president Cuthbert Dube said though the warriors failed to qualify for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations edition, people still have confidence in him and he will retain his post as Zifa president in elections scheduled for 2014.

Cuthbert Dube
Cuthbert Dube

In an exclusive interview, the Harare businessman said he had done much for the love of the game and people should judge him for his commitment.

“I will stand for another term and I have no doubt that I will win,” said Dube.

Dube said he was driven by the passion of the game and would like to see it go to another level under his leadership.

“I am a humble servant of the family of football and it is up to the family of football to nominate me for the election in 2014. I have served the game selflessly and, given another call up by the electorate, I will duly accept to serve football for another term. I am not worried about the next ZIFA elections since my preoccupation is the next generation.

“I want to touch the lives of young footballers and fans for as long as I am at the helm of the world’s most beautiful game. I want to leave a good legacy,” he added.

Dube said he was also confident that the warriors would make it to the tournament in 2013 under the tutelage of Coach Norman Mapeza, whom he has already assured that he will take charge of the Warriors in the next qualifiers.

Dube described his first term at the football board as turbulent but with tangible improvement and successes.

“I came into football and found our institution teetering on the brink of collapse as ZIFA was and is still broke. It has been a huge challenge but I will take it in my stride. I am a strategist and renowned for turning around institutions and ZIFA is no exception. I appeal, therefore, to the football fraternity to give me a chance.

“I took over a Board of 13 people who were committed to working for football and I am happy to announce that our Board, much as it is made up of human beings who are without faults, the Board is committed to turning around the fortunes of the game. My tenure so far has been very exciting and, as a strategist, I like challenges and I often overcome them. I strongly believe that there are no problems without solutions and there are no hopeless situations in this world although I must admit that we do have hopeless people,” said the Zifa President.

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