Zifa vice chairman Tendai Madzorera revealed that Bwanya’s mandate would be to determine whether the candidates who have forwarded their candidature or will declare their participation in the elections have the necessary requirements to hold positions in Zifa.
Bwanya is one of Zifa’s honourary members and will assume the position of returning officer for the elections. He is also father to former CAPS United chairman Shepherd Byanya.
Bwanya will have as part of his responsibilities the power to disqualify aspiring candidates or to clear the contestants to take part in the long awaited and much talked about polls.
Bwanya immediately declared that there would be no easy stroll into 53 Livingstone Avenue-the headquarters of Zifa.
He revealed that Zifa would adhere to the strictest qualification requirements for the candidates and those with criminal records would automatically be disqualified.
He made it clear that the five years experience at the highest level of football administration as well as the 5 O’ level qualification would apply with the candidates asked to produce proof of their qualifications.
A Zifa Council extra ordinary meeting increased the number of posts in the Zifa board to 13 from nine and a new position of second vice president created. This was also on top of a number of other affiliates who have now been given voting powers.
The elections are set for March but campaigning has become the order of the day with a number of people jostling for the most powerful position in Zimbabwean football, that of Zifa president.