SUSPENDED ZIFA boss, Felton Kamambo, is certainly not a happy man right now — battling relentlessly, for the last three months, to try and reclaim his post as the leader of domestic football.
He is also at the centre of a raging storm after reports emerged at the weekend that his suspended leadership penned a letter to FIFA which, in a way, appeared to be calling for the world football governing body to suspend Zimbabwe from all football activities.
Kamambo’s angry reaction was triggered his failure to travel to Cameroon to watch the 2021 AFCON final after he was barred from leaving Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport in Harare.
But, it wasn’t always like this for Kamambo – the doom and the gloom.
There was a time, not so long ago, when he was the Prince Charming of domestic football, charming the game’s constituency, after he produced a shocker, as a lightweight, who somehow defied the odds to upstage Philip Chiyangwa and land the ZIFA presidency.
He appeared like a perfect representative of the average football fan, a man who was not wealthy and who was simply driven by his pursuit to try and uplift the levels of his country’s national game.
An image, which H-Metro was handed this week, by our sources, appears to be a throwback to the time when leading ZIFA was such a happy national responsibility for Kamambo and he was extremely happy to be in charge.
It’s a selfie, which the sources said was taken in Bulawayo, and shows Kamambo visibly enjoying himself in the company of a student, who was on attachment at ZIFA, from a local university.
Of course, in a volatile environment, like our football, the image could drive speculation towards a certain direction.
And, it’s something we put forward to Kamambo, when we contacted him, at least for him to give his side of the story on what was really making him that happy back then.
“What is the story, can you describe the picture? I would love to see the picture first,” said Kamambo.
After being given a description of the picture, on Tuesday, and a request for a face-to-face interview, Kamambo said he was out of town.
H-Metro further contacted Kamambo yesterday asking him if he wanted to comment further and he didn’t respond.
The woman in the picture said she was not aware of the image.
“Can I see the picture in question? Anyway, I don’t know anything about that,” she said.