The much-awaited ZIFA elective annual general assembly (AGM) is currently underway at the Crest Lodge in Harare with a total of 60 members of the ZIFA Council drawn from the Premier Soccer League (PSL), NASH, NAPH, area zones, Futsal, beach soccer and tertiary (colleges and universities) expected to vote during the meeting.
After months of mudslinging, suspensions and not so disguised digs, the circus that is the ZIFA elections have finally come to vote in a new executive committee that will run football affairs for the next four years.
Phillip Chiyangwa, who took over in 2015, is being challenged by Felton Kamambo, a former ZIFA Central Region chairman and ZIFA board member for the ZIFA presidency, while Vice President Omega Sibanda is being challenged by Gift Banda.
Six candidates; Sugar Chagonda, Mulungisi Moyo, Chamu Chiwanza, Stanley Chapeta, Philemon Machana and Brighton Malandule are all vying for the four posts on the ZIFA board.
Chiyangwa and his deputy, Sibanda are desperate to retain their posts and have been accused of employing dirty tactics to try and block rivals.
FIFA have sent a representative to observe the elections.
The ZIFA Congress will also decide on the change of season by aligning it to the Confederation of African Football (CAF) calendar.
ZIFA financials, however, are expected to dominate proceedings and hog the limelight after a report done by chartered accountants, Baker Tilly Gwatidzo Chartered Accountants was circulated without some pages which contained crucial information amongst the ZIFA councillors last week.
Another issue is the ZIFA debt which is believed to have ballooned to $8 million from $6 million two years ago despite claims by the Chiyangwa led executive they had tackled the issue.