Dube wants ZIFA to turn to farming to raise money

via Dube wants ZIFA to turn to farming to raise money | SW Radio Africa  by Tichaona Sibanda on Thursday, April 3, 2014

ZIFA chairman Cuthbert Dube is pushing the association to turn to farming to raise funds for the cash strapped local football body.

But his suggestion has been described as ‘insane and out of touch’ with modern football administration by the game’s administrators and players. Dube, who was controversially re-elected the ZIFA boss at the weekend, has asked government to give his association several farms around the country, according to the BBC.

During Dube’s first tenure as head of ZIFA, the association accrued a debt of US$6m, adversely affecting the operations of the badly managed body.

‘Maybe some people will ask if I’m still alright in my head, but we are going to diversify into farming in a very big way. I’ve already started talking to the responsible government ministry, as we’ve got the land reform programme. We are going to do cattle ranching and crop farming,’ said Dube.

However former Caps United footballer Innocent Mugabe, now a holder of a UEFA B coaching licence in the UK, said Dube’s plans are not in sync with modern football.

‘That is (farming) not the way to run football. You end up losing focus of running the game and eventually spend more time worrying about farming activities.

‘In modern football you cannot escape joining hands with the corporate world to succeed in football management,’ said Mugabe.

He added: ‘What Dube needs to do as a matter of urgency is to form an advisory body made up former coaches, administrators and players. This body will advise him of how to approach issues in this modern day era of football management.’

Three years ago the then Finance minister Tendai Biti, a huge football fan, told ZIFA that government would not fund the game until the local football governing body put its house in order.

The MDC-T secretary-general, a Black Rhinos and Arsenal supporter, accused ZIFA of ‘ruining’ the country’s most popular sport and running it like a ‘tuck-shop.’

‘Football associations around the world make a lot of money if they are run properly and professionally, but here you are running it like a ‘tuck-shop.’ thereby contributing to the demise of the good sport.”



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    farai 9 years ago

    And someone voted for him to lead the association?

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    Jogo Bonita 9 years ago

    Kutopererwawo uku.oh maybe kuda kufadza the powers that be by talking farming.

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    Ndini 9 years ago

    It doesn’t make sense. How much will be the farm manager earning? USD100 000 per month? Supervisors? Dube as the Director of the farm- not anything less than USD250 000. Uhhhhhm its a bad idea. Watch out for Dube please.

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    The Mind Boggles 9 years ago

    The mind boggles can this lunatic tell the difference between a cabbage and a football??

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    Doris 9 years ago

    Cool. Just help yourselves to a few more productive farms. Bloody fool.

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    moyokumusha 9 years ago

    Keep to what you are employed to do, manage the football scene and forget about anything else. Farming is not big bucks and requires professional farmers not looters.

    We need to get away from this mind set that farming is big money, which is why we chased away the white farmers. Our banking sector collapse shows us how much these guys used to borrow so we cannot assume it is all about big money. look at our prison farms, they cannot even grow enough to feed the very prisoners that work on them for free, let alone sell surplus, and that is with unlimited free labour. What is Dube thinking make the footballers do an mgazu before training every day. Damn fool.

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    jobolinko 9 years ago

    Cuthbert needs help before its too late.

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    shumba liverpool 9 years ago

    And all this trash from a country that boasts of above average educated citizens. We really need urgent help. We have failed dismally.

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    Hahaaaa!! The Zimbabwe comedy continues. Watch this space for the next hilarious episode. Diesel from rocks part 2 perhaps?