Harare, March 29, 2014 – Incumbent Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) President Cuthbert Dube has won another four year term at the helm of the country’s football mother body after registering a convincing win over three of his challengers.
Dube trounced Trevor Carelse Juul by 44 votes to the latter’s 14 during a runoff poll that was declared when none of the four contestants garnered the required two thirds majority to be confirmed outright winner.
The first round of the ZIFA elections, held Saturday afternoon, saw Dube garner 34 votes, while former ZIFA boss Juul got 14, Harare City Chairman Lesley Gwindi got 10 with outgoing ZIFA board member, Nigel Munyati, failing to get a single vote.
The inconclusive result automatically triggered a re-run which Dube won emphatically with strong suggestions he bagged Gwindi’s votes.
The new Zifa constitution states that the winner must get 38 votes from the 58-member council.
Dube’s return to the helm of the country’s underachieving football has been met with mixed feelings among football enthusiasts in Zimbabwe with some feeling there was nothing new he was going to bring to a sport that longs for better fortunes.
Meanwhile, the new ZIFA vice president is Omega Sibanda who beat Elkanah Dube 38-20.
Four new board members were also elected – Tawengwa Hara, 51 votes, Bernard Gwarada 48, John Phiri 42 and Fungai Chihuri with 41 votes.
Fifa Southern Region Development Officer, Ashford Mamelodi supervised the elections and endorsed the results.