Mlondolozi Ndlovu recently in Kwekwe
Zimbabwean soccer legends on Saturday blasted aspiring ZIFA Presidential candidate, Philip Chiyangwa in thinly veiled attacks for looking for fame in the beautiful game, saying football had been hijacked by ‘mafikizolos’.
Speaking in Kwekwe at the funeral soccer legend Paul Gundani Footballers Union of Zimbabwe (FUZ) President and former Dynamos player Desmond‘Gaza’ Maringwa noted that football players spend most parts of their lives, on football and should therefore be left to administer the game.
“This is our game; we need to take control of it! This is our game not everyone’s game. We need respect in the football fraternity” said
“Let’s unite as former football players and take up those posts…We want to see former footballers taking over even the ZIFA Presidency”
Former Highlanders FC player and Chairperson, Ernest Maphepha also concurred with Maringwa saying football should be led by someone with at least an appreciation of what football is.
“Each team should at least have someone who at least knows about football. We need someone who knows the length and width of the football pitch” said Sibanda.
“We are not saying we do not want people who are educated. People who are educated can come but they need us also” he said
Maphepha encouraged football players who were present to ‘take over’ their football.
“We cannot go to the mines and be geologists, because we don’t have degrees in that. Let’s retrace our roots, ibholangelethu. It is our football; we did not go to school. We must go back and implement our degrees” he said.
Speaking at the same occasion former player Benedict Moyo said he had been frustrated out of football by what he called ‘none’ football people.
Moyo who spoke so emotionally said the time had come for the officials to consider giving football players a space in football circles since they can be good administrators.
“There is a lot of rot in our football. I left football because of this rot. Some people are coming into our football because they want to make names as administrators, some of us made names and must be allowed to take over this game” he said.
Moyo further said:“Let us get into the football administration not these mafikizolos. We need a chance to lead our football”
Gundani’s funeral was held in Kwekwe and graced by former footballers, coaches, football administrators and football fans. He died at the age of 49 after a short illness.