23 March 2014

Zimbabwe: Zifa Presidential Race Special - Transparency Key to Success-Gwindi

ZIFA presidential candidate Leslie Gwindi says his association would revive the collapsed structures of the mother body.

In his manifesto ahead of Saturday's watershed elections, the Harare City chairman said the re-engineering of the association would be done adhering to the football constitution.

"All Zifa affiliates need total computerisation, linked to the centre to promote good governance, transparency, timeous data analysis and complete adherence to constitutional requirements," Gwindi said.

Gwindi said his association would adopt a financial model adept to discipline and self-audit.

"Zifa as a public entity should also submit itself to the requirement of such an operation, routinely producing financial year-end accounts and audits while keeping a clean and open asset register to embolden its image," he said.

Zifa has failed to produce audited accounts.

Gwindi said the failure to adopt a sound financial model has resulted in the game accruing debts, "suffer market suspicion and corporate and public mistrust" yet the association has potential to thrive.

Gwindi said his association would reintroduce the Zifa Cup whether under a sponsor banner of FA , a crucial arm of development of the game where teams from all levels of the game get to compete in one competition.

"The excitement it brings is immeasurable and there is no better example than the English FA Cup played since 1862, the oldest competition in the world," he said.

Gwindi said Zifa could tap into Fifa's US$250 000 Financial Assistance Programme (FAP) once it agrees to the global soccer body's code.

"Respect for FAP policy as enshrined in the Fifa Financial Code has been damaged as little or nothing ever reached its intended beneficiaries such as women football, junior football, futsal, referee, coaches and medicine," Gwindi said.

Asked how he was going to deal with the debt currently at Zifa, Gwindi had this to say: "We will draw a line and say government come in and take over the debt while as the new board we start on a fresh page."

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