Fans call on Zim legends to emulate Eto’o

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Fans call on Zim legends to emulate Eto’o Benjani Mwaruwari

B-Metro

Raymond Jaravaza
WITH Zifa presidency elections drawing closer, fans have called on Zimbabwean football legends to take a leaf from Cameroonian great Samuel Eto’o who recently announced his intention to fight for his country’s top football post.

Eto’o officially announced his intent to become president of the Cameroonian Football Federation (Fecafoot) on social media.

The 40-year-old, who enjoyed a trophy-laden career as a player, would hope to head his country’s football governing body that has been without a substantive head since 2018.

Eto’o’s popularity stretches beyond the shores of the African continent following his inspiring performances at Barcelona, Inter Milan, Anzhi Makhachkala, Chelsea as well as Everton.

Back home, the Zifa elections are scheduled for next year with president Felton Kamambo heavily criticised for failing to turn around local football since toppling Philip Chiyangwa in 2018.

Allegations of misappropriation of funds, especially Fifa grants, have dogged the Kamambo executive since they took over office and the country’s flagship team — the Warriors — continue to disappoint at regional and continental tournaments.

Kamambo, however, denies any wrongdoing.

Disillusioned fans hope the decision by Eto’o to run for the Cameroonian football top post, will inspire local soccer legends to challenge for the Zifa presidency next year.

“For a long time we have watched Zifa being led by people who are in it for the money and do not care about football development in the country and I hope this time around, former players will also throw in their names and challenge Kamambo.

“Peter Ndlovu has been a manager at Mamelodi Sundowns for years so has experience in football administration and can do well at Zifa,” said Mzi Habede.

Lenin Maphosa believes Benjani Mwaruwari made a mistake when he accepted the job as a Warriors assistant coach to the now fired Zdravko Logaruši?.

“I think Zifa wanted to eliminate Benjani from the elections next year as he posed a threat to the current president Kamambo so they wanted him out of the race.

“In my opinion Benjani can be a better Zifa president than the previous leaders we have seen over the years,” opined Maphosa.

Both Ndlovu and Mwaruwari have not publicly announced their intentions to run for the Zifa presidency.
Former Caps United player Alois Bunjira has not hidden his desire to lead Zifa in the future.

“Bunjira has always been outspoken against both Chiyangwa and Kamambo and it will be good if he enters the race.

I’m not sure what it is that makes former players shy away from the Zifa presidency but I believe if other soccer legends can challenge for those positions in their countries, then our local legends can do it here at home as well,” said Tarisai Mhembe.

“For a long time we have watched Zifa being led by people who are in it for the money and do not care about football development in the country and I hope this time around, former players will also throw in their names and challenge Kamambo.
“Peter Ndlovu has been a manager at Mamelodi Sundowns for years so has experience in football administration and can do well at Zifa,” said Mzi Habede.

Lenin Maphosa believes Benjani Mwaruwari made a mistake when he accepted the job as a Warriors assistant coach to the now fired Zdravko Logaruši?.

“I think Zifa wanted to eliminate Benjani from the elections next year as he posed a threat to the current president Kamambo so they wanted him out of the race.

“In my opinion Benjani can be a better Zifa president than the previous leaders we have seen over the years,” opined Maphosa.

Both Ndlovu and Mwaruwari have not publicly announced their intentions to run for the Zifa presidency.
Former Caps United player Alois Bunjira has not hidden his desire to lead Zifa in the future.

“Bunjira has always been outspoken against both Chiyangwa and Kamambo and it will be good if he enters the race.

I’m not sure what it is that makes former players shy away from the Zifa presidency but I believe if other soccer legends can challenge for those positions in their countries, then our local legends can do it here at home as well,” said Tarisai Mhembe.

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