Losing candidate in the 2013 Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) presidential elections, Trevor Carelse Juul has lamented the poor administration of local football saying its time to have football people at the helm.
By Leopold Munhende
Juul was speaking during the launch of JMShortCat Foundation, owned by United Kingdom based former Caps United goalkeeper, Japhet Mparutsa to spearhead sport development in the country.
“It amazes me how after 37 years we still have not qualified for the World Cup and still struggle to qualify for other regional and continental competitions.
“We are short of leadership and have to realise that we really need a leadership that is about football not money, it is now time to have football people at the helm of football administration in Zimbabwe if we are to compete internationally,” said Juul.
Juul’s statements which appeared to be a jibe at ZIFA president, Philp Chiyangwa who is currently fighting a blazing political battle received a rapturous applause from those in attendance.
“We used to fill up stadia, no matter which teams were playing, not just your Highlander versus Dynamos or Caps, we had people in stadia and we have to find a way to bring those glory days back,” he added.
According to NewsDay Sport, Chiyangwa is reported to be currently seized with problems bedevilling his political and economic empire, as it emerges that he is one of the “criminals” being hunted down by the new political dispensation seeking to weed out all alleged corrupt elements that had surrounded former President Robert Mugabe.
Speaking from his UK base, Mparutsa said that the JMShortcat Foundation aim is to develop football and other sports in Zimbabwe.