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Matarirano promises to bring football accountability 

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Matarirano promises to bring football accountability 

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Simbarashe Mtembo 
MIRROR REPORTER 


MASVINGO-Aspiring Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) Eastern Region chairperson Major retired Special Matarirano has said that if elected into office, his focus will be on accountability and social integrity to improve footballing standards. 
Matarirano once played for army sides United Lions in the Eastern Region Division 1 league and Premier Soccer League (PSL) side Black Rhinos. He also chaired the now-defunct Masvingo City Football Club. He was also a communications manager for Black Rhinos. 
He told The Mirror on the sidelines of a ZIFA Eastern Region Annual General Meeting (AGM) held at a local Masvingo hotel recently that he is contesting outgoing chairperson Davison Muchena to bring accountability to the region which has failed to attract sponsorship.
He said accountability and integrity attract corporates who require audited statements and encourages grassroots development of the sport.
“Accountability is the basic issue that we must address. My administration will invite auditors from time to time when dealing with public finances. Clubs and sponsors should know how much we have received and what that money has been used for,” he said. 
The current Muchena-led executive has only three elected members. League vice chairperson Wisdom Simba said they are struggling to attract sponsorship. He said there are no returns in football, and sponsors are reluctant to pour money. 
“I feel sorry for those investing in football because there are no returns. We lost a potential sponsor at the beginning of the season and we discussed it with our clubs. We have been trying day and night to get sponsorship but most companies in the region are headquartered in Harare and when we try to engage they will already be sponsoring northern region teams,” said Simba. 
Matarirano also said talent identification and development w be one of his committee’s development goals. 
“We have mechanisms in place for talent identification and development from schools. Youth and school tournaments will be held. Football is a powerful tool and we will administer the region in a manner that will encourage the development and growth of the game,” he said. 

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