NO ONE had picked up nomination papers for the Zifa Southern Region elections by yesterday with nominations set to be closed on Friday for the elections to be held on February 22.
The nomination paper costs $50 and nomination fees have been pegged at $500.
Nominations opened on January 20 and it would appear prospective candidates are still doing their research and seeking poll opinion before committing themselves.
A source at the Zifa offices in Bulawayo yesterday said no one had picked up nomination papers as yet.
Indications have been that former chairman, veteran football administrator Musa Mandaza, toppled by Gift Banda in 2010, is seeking to return to the regional leadership and will battle it out with former Zimbabwe Saints chairman Elliot Mandaza.
Both the football administrators could not commit themselves yesterday.
It could not be ascertained whether acting chairman Morgen Dube would stand in the elections.
Zifa Southern Region treasurer Tawanda Ruzive is said to be eyeing the vice-chairmanship post.
Regional secretary Sydney Madzvimbo, who overwhelmingly beat Emmet Ndlovu for that post in April last year after Brian Moyo had taken up a job at head office, is reportedly seeking to be retained as board member, under the new Zifa constitution.
Also eyeing the board member’s position in the region is Zifa Bulawayo Junior League secretary Faith Silandulo Dube.
On Sunday, former Zifa Bulawayo Province secretary Washington Chimhanda shrugged off a challenge from Horace Ndubiwa to win the chairmanship by 15 votes to six.
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.