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ZIFA have appointed Maxwell Takaendesa Jongwe as the association’s new technical director.

He takes over from Nelson Matongorere, who was relieved of his position after being found guilty of improper conduct for voting in the Fifa World Coach and Player of the Year awards in 2012.

zifa chief executive Jonathan Mashingaidze was yesterday reluctant to confirm the identity of the man who will replace Matongorere.

But Jongwe’s cover was blown when he attended an induction workshop for the zifa secretariat at their Mt Hampden Centre yesterday.

The former Monomotapa and CAPS United coach’s tag read: “Zimbabwe Football Association: Mr M. Takaendesa: Technical Director.”

Still, Mashingaidze could not confirm that Jongwe had been given the job.

“I can confirm that the Zimbabwe Football Association will be having a substantive technical director and the name will be made public after May 1st.

“In terms of criteria, we were guided by Fifa in terms of selecting the person and we looked at the technical skills, the academic qualifications, the football-related experience and above all the ability to interact with Fifa, Caf and Cosafa in planning and reporting.

“The nation shall be informed of the new technical director as of May the 1st,” said Mashingaidze.

The Herald understands the zifa secretariat has been intent on keeping the identity of the man chosen to become the technical director because Takaendesa was given the job without the approval of the board.

“The board shall be informed of who the new TD will be. We had a panel that even had one board member being involved as a panelist. So we now believe that the person who is going to take over as our new technical director will be able to drive our development portfolio.”

zifa president Cuthbert Dube told their workers yesterday that the football association had made in-roads in getting land for their farming projects and insisted that he will use his expertise as a farmer to help their commercial venture.

“It is therefore proper that we adopt a business approach towards the game since we are no longer running a ‘business as usual’ joint. We need to design and implement business models around activities from the Area Zone up to the elite league.

“During the campaign I pointed out that we should look at farming and now my board is seized with setting up a commercial arm comprising farming, mining, property development, commodity broking and event management,” said Dube.

The induction workshop brought the workers from all the 10 provinces and four regional offices and the headquarters who are all set to receive desktop computers for their offices.

“Our game is crying for competent professional and dedicated managers and this workshop will no doubt go a long way in ridding our game of incompetent managers, “said Dube.

Zifa instructor Elizabeth Banda, who headed the Electoral Committee, was one of the facilitators at the workshop.

Source : The Herald