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CUTHBERT DUBE’S name was submitted last week, as the Zifa representative at a Fifa workshop that starts in South Africa today, even though his status as the association’s leader still hinged on winning the elections held at the weekend. It’s either the Zifa secretariat were confident Dube would roar back into power or, as others would feel, the system was so flawed there was no way he was going to lose.

Dube’s name and that of Zifa chief executive Jonathan Mashingaidze were last week submitted as Zifa delegates for the Fifa workshop.

The workshop is for football association presidents and, or, their deputies, chief executive officers and technical directors.

But with Zifa’s crucial elections on Saturday, it remains a mystery how the association could forward Dube’s surname before the plebiscite, unless it already knew of the outcome.

This will add fuel to the conspiracy theories among those who feel that the Zifa elections were not held in a spirit of Fair Play.

According to the list of participants from (www.safa.net lthttp:www.safa.netgt) published on the day of the elections, Zimbabwe were going to represented by Dube, Mashingaidze while the third part was left unfilled.

It is believed to have since been filled by the new vice president Omega Sibanda who is reported to have flown for the indaba.

Sibanda’s name is not on the list for the simple reason that then vice-president Ndumiso Gumede had long announced his resignation while two candidates, Sibanda and Elkannah Dube, were vying to replace him.

With the outcome of the election having drawn a huge outcry from football stakeholders, including high ranking government officials, answers will be demanded on the latest exposure of the happenings at the 53 Livingstone Avenue offices.

Asked as to when the Zimbabwean delegation confirmed their attendance, Safa spokesman Dominic Chimhavi quizzed this writer why he needed the information.

“I know how a journalist thinks because I am one too. You now want to write that the results were pre-determined because your association sent in names yet there were pending elections,” said Chimhavi, a former Chronicle sports writer.

“I will not give you the date but what I can confirm is that yes, Zimbabwe will be represented.”

The workshop will provide an update in a number of areas that include technical matters and the general co-operation between Caf and Fifa.

Dube will join 26 other presidents, association chief executive officers and technical directors for the indaba that will be held at Sandton Convention Centre beginning this morning to Friday.

Participants are drawn mainly from the English speaking African countries.

“As we speak the president, his deputy, chief executive officer are already here in South Africa for the workshop,” said Zifa spokesperson Xolisani Gwesela.

Fifa secretary-general, Jerome Valcke and Safa president, Danny Jordaan are expected to address the seminar this morning.

Among the areas that will be discussed during the three-day seminar include Fifa governance reforms, new regulations governing development programmes, Fifa development programmes and services for associate members.

The presidents and the delegates will also discuss the Caf development programmes like the club licensing meant to expedite professionalism in the game.

Other areas that will come up for discussion include how Caf’s associate members can maximise on the Goal Project and the role of the technical director.

Today, there will be a session on the role of the technical directors which will be followed by the bilateral meetings of the presidents and secretary-generals or chief executives.

Tomorrow, the workshop will touch on Fifa development programmes and how they can be used to grow the game on the African continent.

Source : The Herald