Instead, Chiyangwa said, once in office he will make sure that the football association is remodelled into a viable business entity that will be able to generate revenue on its own.
He said personally he was actually querying the Zifa debt, believed to be in the region of $6 million.
“Zifa has the potential of making money from its assets like the Zifa Village and the Kensington property. Those are possible income-generating properties but once in office I will first institute a forensic audit because for starters I don’t believe the figures we are being told about. We’ve been told that our national teams were booked at some lodges that cost $140 per room when we know for certain that lodges are well below $100. All those who are said to be owing Zifa will naturally be visited to ascertain their claims and then if we agree a payment plan will then be sorted,” said Chiyangwa who will battle for the post against former president Trevor Carelse-Juul, ex-Dynamos and Premier Soccer League secretary general Leslie Gwindi and 1984 Soccer Star of the Year James Takavada.
He said government funding cannot be ignored but there has to be a well laid out business plan that will charm both the government and industry. “Global trends show how government support can boost sports, whether its cricket in India or athletics in Kenya, Jamaica or Ethiopia, the successes there are all in a major way due to the government’s active participation,” he said.
Chiyangwa said it was imperative that people accept that football has become a business all over the world not just sport. “It’s therefore imperative that Zimbabwe refuses to be left behind, I notice and acknowledge our premiership club Caps United which has boldly taken this route,” says Chiyangwa.