Kamanga or Mwenya?
If the story that a good number of councillors have implored Konkola Mine Police President Gideon Mwenya to consider throwing his hat in the FAZ Presidential ring at the elective AGM in 2020, is anything to go by, then indeed nerves should go down the spine on the incumbent side.
After the surfacing of this story, the name Gideon Mwenya has since been mentioned often times in undertones, tauting him as the candidate of the people and the man to resuscitate our football from moribund.
This stratagem is ubiquitous and has worked for many candidates vying for positions in football governance. In fact this was the stratagem that helped Andrew Kamanga to oust his predecessor Kalusha Bwalya in 2016 – riding on the change mantra.
Buttress your campaign with a wholesale of “change” pledges and you can be guaranteed that the consensus will be swayed
It worked for the CAF President Ahmad Ahmad who successfully convinced the masses that it was time for the emancipation of African football. And in the end, Ahmad managed to bring to a halt Issa Hayatou’s long reign of the Confederation of African football (CAF).
Much as the elections in football are not open to the public like it is in geopolitics – the general consensus of all stakeholders: the fans, members of the fourth estate et al; can not be downplayed.
WHO IS GIDEON MWENYA?
A lot has been said about Gideon Mwenya’s rich history, a young and vibrant football administrator at Konkola Mine Police, credited for the pool of talent he has produced ranging from Stopila Sunzu to Kabaso Chango and his clout in grassroot football. But what they are not telling you is that he lost by a whisker in a race for a place in the FAZ Executive committee in 2016.
FAZ REGIME CHANGE POSSIBLE?
If there is anything the outcome of the recent Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) elections has taught us is that being a one tenure wonder is very much possible. Philip Chiyangwa was ushered in as the messiah of Zimbabwean football but could only have supreme power to the local game for a single term before his embarrassing defeat to Felton Kamambo in December last year.
Frankly speaking the current executive have had their heydays but their successes are outweighed by the failures: mainly the failure to qualify for the AFCON twice under their watch; even when CAF has expanded the most coveted showpiece in the continent.
Precisely this failure does not put Kamanga in a cosy situation as he seek for re-election as the local football mother body head into the elective conference next year.
REGIME CHANGE SOLUTION TO OUR FOOTBALL?
It would be naive to think that Kamanga leaving football house will change our football from worse to better overnight. Either under the auspices of Kamanga or Mwenya, the solution is a pragmatic system. A system that tolerates constructive criticism as it does with hero worshiping.
We must also bring our legends proximity to football house so as to benefit from their nugget of wisdom. We don’t want leaders that feel insecure with the presence of the legends.
We are talking about the inclusiveness of all legends not a curtail of the likes of Kalusha Bwalya. We know some are fronting this idea so as to have King Kalu back proximity to football house, perpetually.
The King has had his time already. He brought us the AFCON and we are forever grateful for that. But we need to also give time and chance to other gallants. We have a bucketful of legends in the “Hall of Fame”. They must be proximity to football house so that together we can help our football rise from ashes.
The events of the coming months will indeed be interesting as we inch closer to the 2020 elective AGM. The lobbying has already been snowballed in undertones. But the only person to have publicly declared his intention to contest the FAZ Presidency is Blackwell Siwale – currently serving a life ban. It is palpably that the former Nchanga Rangers honcho is ineligible to enter the race.If indeed Gideon Mwenya is interested then it’s either him or Andrew Kamanga to acquire supreme power of football house – all the way to 2024.
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