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SIMBARASHE MTEMBO
MIRROR REPORTER

MASVINGO–Only two candidates have applied to fill the vacant post of Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) Eastern region administrator which has gone unoccupied for three years.
The post fell vacant when founding administrator, the late Tedious Machawira retired in 2020.
Region deputy chairperson Wisdom Simba told journalists at the region Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on Saturday at a local hotel that the interviews will be held in two weeks’ time.
He said only two candidates have submitted applications for the post.
“One of the issues we discussed was in regards to appointing an administrator for the region. We currently have two applications for consideration and we will hold the election in two weeks’ time.
“The delay in appointing an administrator is a result of numerous factors chief among them COVID-19. Machawira retired in 2020 and we could not promptly replace him,” said Simba.
Machawira assumed the reins of the region when it was formed in 2001 and retired from the powerful post in 2020. He died after a long battle with an undisclosed chronic ailment linked to dementia in October 2022.
The AGM was attended by the region’s secretariat, executive, referee representatives and Division One clubs with the exception of Ruwa FC and JM Busha.
The meeting also resolved that top tier matches will be refereed by interregional referees while low tier matches will be handled by local referees. The resolution came amid allegations that several teams are paying off referees to influence results.
Clubs which are yet to finish their affiliation fees were given until mid-July to finish payments or have some of their matches suspended.
“We ironed out several issues with clubs. We discussed discipline and resolved that all clubs which have not fully paid their affiliation fees should have done so by mid-July. Should they fail, we will suspend some of their league matches,” said Simba.

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