Aspiring ZIFA president , Dr Phillip Chiyangwa has promised to resurrect the beleaguered football motherboard, ZIFA if elected president of Zifa in the December 5, 2015, election. The flamboyant businessman said he will bring back smiles on the faces of soccer lovers scattered across the country.
In his manifesto, Chiyangwa will undertake to implement the following programmes:
1. The restoration of constitutional democracy, accountability and transparency in the administration of the affairs of Zifa and the recruitment of a crack cadre of professional and dedicated members of staff.
2. The expunging of the legacy debt through the creation of innovative national and international fund-raising initiatives.
3. Development of comprehensive soccer structures from the grassroots level and promotion of competitive corporate sponsorship for the Premier Soccer League, the First, Second and Third Divisions, the Reserve League, as well as Social Soccer League.
4. Creation of more sports structures, especially football academies, through lobbying for appropriate special allocations and tax incentives from the fiscus.
5. The creation of a special welfare fund for professional soccer players that will guarantee timely payment of their salaries, create life, work, health and disability insurance policies for them, as well as negotiate a special dispensation with the National Social Security Association (NSSA) for sports programmes, given the short working life of professional soccer players.
6. Creation of a guaranteed and continuous revenue stream for the association by acquiring appropriate and permanent lodgings both for the national and for visiting teams.
7. Creation of a loan scheme for the benefit of national football team players through a sinking fund sponsored by the Ministry of Youth, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment, the Ministry of Sports and Recreation, and NSSA.
8. Guaranteeing competitive professional contracts and fees for our national players and coaches in a bid to alleviate poverty among people who are household names. A relentless effort will be made to ensure uniform standards throughout all structures.
9. Ensuring that football is accorded a special national healing status as a vehicle of cultural cohesion and a dynamic platform for our ongoing diplomatic push for international positive “perception management”.
10. Campaigning for aggressive gender mainstreaming of professional football through the development and sponsorship of a professional women’s league with competitive conditions and compensation in order to promote football and sport in general as a viable career choice for the girl-child. Women’s football structures are currently only manifest at the senior level, with no corresponding operational structures to mirror the men’s leagues. Sponsorship issues around the development of women’s football are the missing link in terms of achieving full equity.
11. Introduction of an innovative business advisory on our existing football and sport assets through naming rights and taking our values to the regional and global marketplace through incisive and competitive corporate sponsorship.
12. Ensuring that all our professional players have decent housing and transport befitting their special status in our society, especially as our pre-eminent cultural ambassadors. Provision of housing and transport is a cornerstone of my business ethos and enterprise. I promise to bring fun, integrity and the prospect of viability back into our football by investing into it, rather than taking from it.
The hallmark of my entrepreneurship has always been daring innovation, being always ready to shake things up, while remaining conscious of the general welfare and the needs of the community.
I promise to breathe life, confidence, integrity and big smiles back into Zimbabwe’s football.