Paul-Gundani

POLITRICKS & A DUMMIES GUIDE TO ZIM FOOTBALL

Muziwethu Hadebe
The Zifa elections are due on 5 December. With all the excitement around the elections a lot is going on within our beautiful game.

While they were busy with the elections, a true legend of the game was buried in true football hero status in Kwekwe.

Paul Gundani was not only a member of the famous Dream Team but represented the country at Junior level and at the time of his death was the secretary general of the Footballers Union of Zimbabwe, an organisation that looks after the interest of football players.

It is an organisation that is more like your Zibawu in Zimbabwe that looks after those employed in the banking sector.

He had played a key role in that organisation, so much that you feel he was headed for football leadership in the country. May his soul rest in peace.

As they printed campaign T Shirts for the Zifa elections, FC Platinum were closing the gap on Chicken Inn at the top of the log to just two points with a comprehensive 2-0 win over Harare City at Mandava Stadium in Zvishavane.

On the same day Chicken Inn had dropped two points, though they will be happy to have salvaged a point at the death.

A point that might come in handy with three rounds of fixtures left in the league.A� Their next fixtures are key as Tsholotsho play host to Chicken Inn and FC Platinum will be away to Flame Lilly. Maybe there is good leadership at the two fairly new teams fit enough to run Zimbabwe soccer one day.

With almost every candidate in the Zifa elections looking for space in the media, so as to be heard, the big Harare derby was on in the capital at Rufaro Stadium.

It ended 1-1 with two veteran strikers on target. Takesure Chinyama and Leonard Tsipa have both served the local league well. As they will go into retirement one day, maybe they will take leadership roles within the football structures.

Technology has allowed some of the candidates to put their manifesto in video form. As they recorded their Manifestos, Triangle were recording only their first win in the second half of the season with a 5-1 rout of Dongo Sawmill.

The result saw the newcomers returning to Division one and Tawanda Muyendi becoming only the fourth player to get a hat trick this season after Timothy January, Brian Muzondiwa and Knox Mtizwa managed that in this term.

All of the candidates have not mentioned spreading the game beyond the big cities in order to tap raw talent, where most of the voting councillors come from.

Maybe they will have a plan for that once in office. As they ignored that key developmental part, a rural team called Tsholotsho in its first year in top flight football was fighting for survival with an all important win at the colliery by the smallest of margins, beating Hwange 1-0.

Tsholotsho are now three points off the drop zone and survival in the league is now within their hands. Maybe there is a lot of talent in the rural areas.

With the Zifa nomination court opening, the likely new Highlanders coach from Holland sneaked into the country for an interview.

Elroy Akbay also had the chance to watch Bosso beat Buffaloes at the death 1-0. A result that could see the Mutare side facing the chop as the army side sits three points behind Tsholotsho. Maybe Akbay is the man to change the fortunes of Tshilamoya.

The aspiring candidates have all promised to unlock the full potential value of the Warriors in terms of partners and sponsors. It is a good idea as the Warriors cannot continue to rely on donations just a few hours before kick-off.

As they promise to get more sponsors for the Warriors, the PSL was launching the Easy Call Cup tournament in the capital.

In as much as any sponsorship is appreciated for a game short on real corporate support save for Delta Beverages through their Castle and Chibuku brands, you also get the feeling that such eight-team tournaments should not come as a surprise to the fans and should be at the start of the season or at least in the first quarter of the season.

In other leagues the rules of cup competitions clearly state the venues determination of the matches.

It can be the team coming out of the draw first or if there is some seeding, the seeded or non-seeded teams getting home advantage. A professional approach one would argue is when a venue is not determined by the outcome of the draw for the good and development of the game.

As the confident candidates filed their papers for the Zifa elections, those glorified and expected by the fans to contest did not bother to enter. Those who attempted later pulled out.

Former players, Alexander Maseko and Benjamin Mwaruwari pulled out as did Elkanah Dube.

Maybe our football structures need a bit of the former players, maybe they need to be united and have one man at a time representing them.

Maybe the likes of Elkanah despite not getting support from the southern region(his home base) still have a role to play in our football as this is the man who headed the regional youth games held in Bulawayo last December. Are we throwing away sporting and football brains to help grow our game? Only time will tell.Ita��s three weeks before the Zifa elections. As they are busy fighting for positions, we will be following events to find out who are the league champions, the soccer stars of the year, the coach of the year and the winners of the Easy Call Cup, a cup that now stretches the league to a week before Christmas.