ZIFA elections have been marred with controversy after one candidate pulled out, citing a lot of irregularities, while the other has lamented the 8 December presidential election date, saying the timeframe is not enough for candidates to properly campaign.

Aspiring ZIFA Executive Committee member, Barrymore Manandi today wrote to inform the football governing body of his decision to withdraw from the race set for 1 December.

He cited several irregularities on the notification and distribution of candidates, and registration of delegates, which he said discredited the credibility of the elections.

To this day, I have received no formal communication about anything related to the election….. at this stage we are three days from the elective congress and a final list of candidates was only seen on social media yesterday on 27th of November 2018… We have to this day not received a register of candidates, which would greatly assist in our campaign…,” said Manandi.

“In spite our best intentions, the aforementioned, albeit not exhaustive, in terms of the ills of this election, leave us in substantial discomfort and doubt of the veracity of this process and the chances of the rest of the election being  one that can stand up to any conventional norms and standards of credibility,” he added.

Meanwhile, a presidential candidate, Gift Banda, who was initially disqualified from contesting in the football governing body’s election, is still not a happy man despite the reversal of his disqualification.

“The revised election date of December 8 is too close for candidates to mobilise support,” he said.

Football analyst, Stanley Katsande castigated bad governance, poor decision making and nepotism as having destroyed the reputation of the country’s football governing body.

He however said the set date should not be an excuse for candidates not to put a spirited fight in the race.

Initially, ZIFA had barred three candidates, Felton Kamambo, Gift Banda and Mlungisi Moyo from contesting for the presidency, citing irregularities in their nomination.

However, ZIFA through its electoral committee chair, Don Vuma yesterday announced that the decision had been reversed and a new date of 8 December had been scheduled for the presidential election.