Three candidates have declared their interest in the Eastern Region chairperson post as the race to fill the seat hots up.
The elections have been pencilled for January 20.
The post fell vacant after Triangle-based former chairman Piraishe Mabhena was voted into the new Zifa board last month.
Former Premier Soccer league side Buffaloes committee member and lawyer Ashel Mutungura will face Harare-based Masvingo City chairman Special Matarirano and Zifa Eastern Region board member finance Davison Muchena.
The three candidates have not only confirmed their candidature, but have since started campaigning, with Mutungura launching his manifesto last Thursday.
Mutungura’s romance with football administration dates back to the days of the now defunct Eastern Lions while they were still in Division Two, before the team acquired a Division One franchise from Chivhu United Division One and subsequently gaining promotion to the top flight league.
In his manifesto, Mutungura highlighted the need to address the issue of affiliation fees, junior policy and sponsorship, among other things.
“Basically, as stated in my manifesto, I would want to address issues to do with affiliation fees. Clubs are paying $3 100 as affiliation fees and $600 has been going for players registration. What is surprising me is that players have no licences and this has been going on for the past three years,’’ he said.
His competitor Muchena, who is set to unleash his manifesto this week, confirmed his participation in the race, adding that he was hoping to win the race.
“I have nothing much to say but I am in the race. I think I will start to comment after launching my manifesto, we are expecting it very soon,’’ he said
Another candidate Matarirano, a serving Zimbabwe National Army officer and public relations practitioner, was not reachable for comment, but was quoted in local publications declaring his interest.