Sikhumbuzo Moyo, Senior Sports Reporter
ALL is set for the Zifa regional elections across the country tomorrow with two sitting chairpersons facing uncertainty over their fate as they are being challenged by tried and tested football administration icons.
Zifa Northern Region chairperson Willard Manyengavana comes face to face against retired referee Brighton Mudzamiri while his Southern Region counterpart Musa Mandaza will have to contend with former fireband Highlanders secretary general Andrew ‘Squad’ Tapela.
Eastern and Central Regions’ chair and vice chairpersons all went in unchallenged respectively. In the Eastern Region chairperson Davison Muchena and his deputy Gracious Mukwewa were not challenged, the same as their Central Region colleagues of Stanley Chapeta and Patrick Hill.
Only the Northern Region will vote for the vice chairperson as the other three candidates from the Southern, Eastern and Central regions all went in unopposed.
Nine candidates in the Northern Region will be vying for the four executive committee posts while in the Southern Region six successfully went through the nomination process, meaning two will have to fall by the wayside.
The run up to the Southern Region elections has been marred by stunning vote buying allegations with an incumbent candidate being accused of promising to pay the 28 members of the electorate $100 each with those staying outside Bulawayo set to be accommodated at an up market hotel in the city. Prior to the latest allegations, there was an issue of the association soccer balls that were conveniently kept in the office for the better part of the season only to be released and ‘donated’ to Division One clubs during the campaign trail.
The soccer balls’ donation however seemed to have been premised on previous election process that had only Division One clubs voting for the regional leadership.