Ex Downs striker aims for Zifa presidency

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Former Mamelodi Sundowns forward Alois Bunjira is harbouring ambitions of contesting the Zimbabwe Football Association presidency next year.

Bunjira, who also played for Bidvest Wits, had initially indicated he was angling the 2030 elections, but later said an inaccurate report by a “mischievous” journalist “planted a great seed” in him.

He took to Facebook on Sunday evening to confirm his interest in challenging for Zimbabwe’s top football post.

“Deep down I have always believed I have a lot to offer to Zimbabwe football. I may as well take it up and contest. Yes, I am up for it 2022. Football, indeed, needs to be sorted out guys. With the support of everyone involved, Zimbabwe football can rise again, yes, manifesto is coming soon,” he wrote.

But before he throws his hat into the ring, the electoral court has to be satisfied he meets the requirements of Article 32 sub section 4 of the Zifa Constitution that says candidates for the office of Zifa presidency must have been active in football administration for at least five years.

Thereafter, the former Zimbabwe international will have to sway majority of the 60-member congress that he is the man to steer the association out of its current mess.

Bunjira currently runs a football academy, Albun, in Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare.

Interestingly, United Kingdom-based football intermediary and only African woman match agent in the world, Ellen Chiwenga, has also announced her availability to run for office next year.

Chiwenga took to her Facebook timeline in February to announce her intended entry into mainstream football politics.

The present administration, led by Felton Kamambo, has a year left on its four-year tenure.

Should Kamambo choose to seek re-election as expected and wins, he will be in his second and final term according to Article 38 of the Zifa Constitution.

Meanwhile, former Chelsea hitman Didier Drogba, the finest Ivorian footballer of all-time, stuttered last week when he contested for the presidency of his country’s football controlling body.

Drogba did not get a vote from his former counterparts in the national team.

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By Mthokozisi Dube

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