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CUTHBERT Dube made the Warriors’ qualification for the 2015 Nations Cup finals a central theme of his re-election bid by pledging to lead a Zifa board “whose sole focus” would be to drive a successful campaign for a place in Morocco next year.

But, just three months after his re-election, Dube’s Vision 2015 Morocco lies in ruins after the Warriors matched their worst Nations Cup campaign in history by falling at the first hurdle of the qualifiers after being eliminated by Tanzania.

The Taifa Stars administered the last rites, before more than 55 000 fans at the National Sports Stadium, on Sunday as the Warriors’ sorry aenture in the 2015 Nations Cup finals came to a painful end for millions of their fans.

The Warriors’ latest collapse, the fourth time that the senior national team has failed in four big tournaments under Dube’s watch, represents a monumental personal failure for the Zifa president given that he had promised the electorate that taking the senior national team to Morocco would be his biggest assignment.

In the wake of the latest failed bid, under Dube’s supervision, The Herald looks at the Zifa boss, the promises he made to the electorate and the nation to believe in him and what has been delivered, or not delivered, in the last four years.

Dube dubbed himself “Man on a Mission,” four years ago, as he launched his first successful bid to become Zifa president and the Warriors were also central to his campaign as they feature prominently in his manifesto.

He said he represented “A New Zifa” and, in his manifesto, lamented the failings of the Warriors, since their last appearance at the 2006 Nations Cup and presented himself as the wonder-boy who would provide that magical touch.

Cuthbert Dube For Zifa Board President 2010 Manifesto

Upon getting your mandate to lead the game of football I (will) acquit myself to the best of my abilities and football’s face should assume a new look. I shall devote all my energies towards the implementation of the turnaround strategy of the Association and herewith the areas that I, together with the Board and assembly, shall work on:

NATIONAL TEAMS

Once upon a time a regional powerhouse, the national team should reclaim their status of olden days. My Board, through partnerships with corporate and Government, shall ensure that g national teams are put together through a sound technical system that shall only see the best of Zimbabwe’s players donning national team jerseys.

A Special Fund administered by reputable men and women from industry and commerce shall oversee the Special Fund.

Our teams will be afforded the much-needed exposure regionally and internationally.

A team shall be put together to mobilise sponsorship for the Association’s portfolios. The sponsorship will service development, general administration, marketing, NATIONAL TEAMS, infrastructural development and the regeneration of the Association.

WHY VOTE FOR ME?

I have a burning desire to rebrand our game, I have the drive the develop the nation through football, all Area Zones, Districts, Provinces and the Premier Soccer League shall be reasonably resources, I have the zeal to turn around the fortunes of local football.

I have the contacts, locally and internationally, to work with in changing the face of our game. I will bring Sponsorship to Zifa and all its affiliates, I have the experience to lead football to greater heights, I will not receive Board Fees, I will donate my sitting allowances to the National Team and the Mighty Warriors.

middot I am a visionary, Zifa will never be the same again under my leadership, Zifa will regain its lost pride, and ZIMBABWE’S WORLD RANKING WILL BE AMONG THE FIRST FIFTY (50).

At the end of his first term, the Warriors were nowhere near the Top 50 in the world and Zifa hadn’t regained its pride, battered by its failure to settle its debts which saw the Messenger of Court being a frequent visitor to 53 Livingstone Avenue.

When he sought a fresh bid to lead Zifa again earlier this year, Dube’s Election Manifesto acknowledged that one of his failures was to lead the Warriors to the Nations Cup finals, with two chances, including one where we only needed to beat two opponents to qualify for South Africa, being blown.

Dr Cuthbert Dube For Zifa President 2014 Election Manifesto

FAILURES

1.2 During our term of office, the National Teams did not qualify for the World Cup and African Cup of Nations.

1.3 We failed to fulfill some regional and continental matches because of lack of funding from the Government of National Unity.

1.4 Throughout the entire life of the Government of National Unity (GNU), our Board failed to persuade that Government to support soccer and our National Teams.

1.6 Our Board failed to pay National Teams Coaches and the same have taken Zifa to court.

PREAMBLE

The CHAN experience galvanised our people. For a moment there, Zimbabweans from all walks of life were united through football regardless of political affiliation, religion, colour, creed or gender. Though our bodies were here in Zimbabwe, our hearts and minds were with our gallant and brave Warriors in South Africa.

This is the power of football that I cannot over emphasise.

IT IS THIS GREAT SPIRIT THAT I WOULD LIKE TO REVIVE AND FIGHT FOR AS WE SET OUR FOCUS ON AFCON 2015, WORLD UP 2018, THE WOMEN’S WORLD CUP IN CANADA 2015.

AFCON 2015

The past campaigns, our nation failed to qualify on the last decisive matches, first in Mali and second in Angola. When all had been fought for bravely during both campaigns, we failed as a nation to beat the last hurdle. Memories of both campaigns still haunt me to this day.

I PLEDGE TO LEAD A TEAM OF DEDICATED MEN AND WOMEN WHOSE SOLE FOCUS WILL BE TO LEAVE NO STONE UNTURNED IN OUR QUEST TO QUALIFY FOR AFCON 2015

CONCLUSION

The 2015 Nations Cup dream has already been shattered and Dube, as Zifa boss, has two remaining big tournaments to look forward to – the 2017 Nations Cup in Libya and the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

But, given what we have seen in the first four years, where his administration has come horribly short in trying to make an impression in four big tournaments they have supervised – three Nations Cup and one World Cup campaigns – there are better chances of Tahiti becoming the top-ranked football nation on the globe than the Warriors doing well in the remaining two tourneys under Dube’s leadership.

The Warriors’ graph shows a team that is on a downward spiral and, even before the meltdown against the Taifa Stars, the senior national team had suffered the embarrassment of being relegated to the preliminaries of the qualifiers, something which wasn’t the case when Dube arrived in 2010 and supervised his first campaign – the 2012 Nations Cup.

The Warriors were in the qualifying race until the final game and would have qualified for the 2012 Nations Cup finals if they had beaten Cape Verde in Praia and this was the same case, during the 2013 Nations Cup qualifiers, and they would have been in South Africa if they hadn’t lost the final game 0-2 in Angola.

Compare that to the blowout of the 2015 Nations Cup campaign, where they fell on the first hurdle, but we should have read the signs, during the 2014 World Cup qualifiers, when the Warriors finished their aenture without a win in six games and bottom of the table.

The words of Nigel Munyati, who spent the last four years as a Zifa board member but then decided to battle for the presidency, now carry more weight as we survey the wreckage of our worst Nations Cup campaign,

“The outgoing Zifa Board has been a failure,” Munyati said in his 2014 election manifesto. “While in our individual capacities we may have performed to differing levels of effectiveness, the net result is that we have failed the nation and our beautiful game.

“The main reason for failure has been poor leadership. Our board was fraught with a cancer characterised by indecisiveness, acrimonious infighting and blindness which cost the association dearly.”

Source : The Herald

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