Zimbabwean legend Benjani Mwaruwari has explained his decision to put his ZIFA running on the back burner because of his age.
The former Warriors, Manchester City, Blackburn Rovers and Portsmouth striker told South African media that ZIFA have tactics in place against people of his profile.
“I think in future, yes, because when I tried to take part in the previous elections, there was a loophole. Age was not on my side. They said I was too young as the (Zifa) constitution stated that no one under the age of 40 should lead the association,” Mwaruwari said to Robert Marawa.
“That is a problem because it’s something the people (at Zifa) are scared of. They are scared that the retired footballers would do great things, so they tighten up things.
The former Jomo Cosmos and Bidvest Wits man also revealed that the setback allowed him the opportunity to channel his energy and time on other goals.
“When I look back, it was a blessing as well because at the moment I am doing Sports Management. Sometimes you need to know what you are going to do (in the office).
“I’m also doing my coaching classes, and I’m halfway through my Uefa A. I’m just waiting for the practicals. I’m attached at Portsmouth, and hopefully, by September we will wrap it up.”
As far as former national side teammate Alois Bunjira also campaigning for the ZIFA presidency, Mwaruwari had this to say:
“Alois Bunjira is in the race, and I think we need to support him. Let’s hope he is ready, I spoke to him like two weeks ago, and I promised to support him,” he concluded.