Gravnia eyes Zifa presidency

29 Oct, 2021 - 00:10 0 Views
Gravnia eyes Zifa presidency Gabriel Nyoni


Fungai Muderere
MONTHS after suffering a career-threatening injury, former Highlanders and Caps United winger Gabriel “Granvia” Nyoni has set his sights on a move into football administration.

Nyoni recently began working towards a possible return to the field and is undergoing rehabilitation at his Glad Africa Division One side, Cape Umoya in Durban.

Granvia revealed his future plans in an exclusive interview with this publication from his base in South Africa while also giving an insight into the progress he was making towards his recovery.

“I am left with about three months of working on my individual rehabilitation then I will have a final doctor’s review for a final decision about whether I will be able to play again,” Granvia said.

Asked about the probability of a return, Nyoni said he was optimistic of full recovery.

“I am very optimistic. The Bible says as a man thinketh so is he so I remain thinking positively about the future and the possibility of playing football again.”

“But even if the worst comes to the worst, I still want to remain in football. And so, for now I will be taking football administration courses to prepare for a possible return to football as an administrator,” he said.

Nyoni went on to tell this publication that his ultimate goal was to become the Zimbabwe Football Association president.

“I have a dream to one day become ZIFA president and lead Zimbabwean football out of its continuous downturn,” Granvia revealed.

Nyoni’s revelation of his Zifa aspirations come at a time when retired footballers, young and old, have intensified efforts of getting one of the own into local football’s highest office.

The speedy forward joined Cape Umoya in September last year from Maritzburg United, where he had signed a two-year contract with the option of a 12-month extension but consistent injury lay-off resulted in him being offloaded.

Nyoni joined Maritzburg United at the beginning of 2019/2020 season from CAPS United with higher expectations.
He switched to Makepekepe after doing duty at Highlanders for six years from 2012.

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