FORMER Zifa Bulawayo Province secretary Washington Chimhanda beat his boss Horace Ndubiwa to the chairmanship at the football mother body’s provincial elections that were held at YWCA yesterday morning.
Chimhanda garnered 15 votes to Ndubiwa’s six. The elections were run by Zifa electoral committee members Tichawana Nyahuma and Cornelius Bwanya.
Former Bulawayo provincial chairman Francis Ntuta retained the vice–chairman’s post uncontested while Siphambaniso Dube, Mkhululi Mthunzi and Paradzai Matuka were unopposed as board members.
The other vacant board member position will be filled by co-option or the Zifa secretariat will authorise by-elections.
Chimhanda thanked the electorate who showed confidence in him soon after winning the elections.
“I would like to thank you for having shown confidence in me.
“I promise that I will do my best in my term of office. With your support we will succeed. I would also like to thank the other contestant, Ndubiwa. Let us continue to work together. Where there is need for me to consult, I will do so.
“Football is a family game. Let us all come together and work as family.
“I will soon be calling a meeting to map the way forward,” he said.
In Mashonaland West, Derrick Matapuri was retained as provincial chairman after beating former referee Pascal Zata in polls conducted at Cooksey Hall in Chinhoyi. Matapuri garnered 23 votes ahead of the 13 managed by Zata in an election presided over by Elizabeth Banda, an official from Zifa’s training department, and Tendai Madzorera.
In an interview with our sister paper NewsDay Sport yesterday following the win, an elated Matapuri pledged to continue serving the mother body for the development of the sport.
“I am humbled, people re-elected me as a show of confidence in my leadership.
“This new term will give me another chance to complete unfinished business.
“One such business is the development of the junior leagues where we want to seriously incorporate Nash (National Association of Secondary School Heads) and Naph (National Association of Primary School Heads) at a professional level and also work on women’s football,” Matapuri, who has been at the helm of the province for the past four years, said.
The other office bearers were elected to their posts uncontested.
These are vice-chairperson Ernest Bhasera and board members Andrew Kadengu, Karira Manzungu, Peter Muzeza and Wunganayi Musenda.