Felton Kamambo
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Born1970
Guruve
EducationChinhoyi High 2
OccupationRegional Manager (Northern)
EmployerGrain Marketing Board
Known forSports Administration as ZIFA President
Home townChinhoyi
PredecessorPhillip Chiyangwa
Spouse(s)Tinovimbanashe
ChildrenPrimrose (24) and Michelle (22)

Felton Kamambo is a sports administrator, former soccer player, and business executive. He was the president of ZIFA until his suspension by the Sports and Recreation Commission of Zimbabwe and subsequently by a ZIFA Council at an Extraordinary General Meeting in Aril 2022. Felton Kamambo beat Phillip Chiyangwa in the Zifa elections held in Harare on 16 December 2018 to become the association’s president.

In February 2019, Kamambo announced that he planned to build a hotel and stadium as ZIFA president.

Career in Football Administration

Kamambo once served as a Zifa board member from 2015 before he quit his post in March this 2018, arguing that the board’s term of office had lapsed. After his resignation, he joined forces with other officials Trevor Carelse-Juul, Eusebio Maseko, Rafiq Khan, Vincent Pamire, Leslie Gwindi, John Phiri and Fungai Chihuri to push for an immediate election.

The move, however, was seen as rebellious and Kamambo together with his colleagues were controversially banned from all football activities for three years by the association. The suspension saw him disqualified from contesting in the polls, but an appeal to FIFA reversed the decision.

At the age of 20, Kamambo was already in management at the Grain Marketing Board and, thus, his obsession for football manifested, thanks to the nature of his job which saw him being transferred from one district to another. “I helped form Kadoma Grain Tigers in the early 1990s when I was transferred to that area. I then went to Murehwa where I discovered that there wasn’t a serious football team in the area. We formed Murehwa United, a team that played up to Division Two and I was also a player there,” says Kamambo. From Murehwa, he went to Sanyati where again he oversaw the formation of Sanyati FC. In Kwekwe, he masterminded the birth of Silo United. “I love grassroots football a lot and I am one person who can spend a day watching football at a growth point,” remarks Kamambo. He reckons Silo United as one of his most treasured achievements. This team produced a number of players who went on to play in the Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League. The likes of Takabva Mawaya, Edmore Chirambadare and Makai Kawashu are some of our products there. Kamambo re-launched Grain Tigers early this year and the team recently won promotion into the Northern Region Division One league.[1]


Kamambo once served as the Zifa Central Region chairman.

Football Career

Kamambo played for the now defunct Mhangura Football Club.

Career In Business

Kamambo is a senior manager at the Grain Marketing Board (GMB).

Arrest

On 12 February 2022, Felton Kamambo and board member responsible for finance, Philemon Machana, were arrested on various allegations.

Kamambo and Machana were arrested by Criminal Investigations Department (CID) officers for fraud and contempt of the Sports and Recreation Commission Act, which was applied in their suspension on 16 November 2021.

The SRC suspended the Kamambo-led ZIFA on 16 November 2021 on several allegations, chief among them the board’s failure to account for public funds.

Kamambo, however, continued to issue statements in the capacity of ZIFA president and used the official ZIFA letterhead in all his correspondence.

Kamambo allegedly fraudulently used public funds as well as changed ZIFA accounts while under suspension.

The suspended ZIFA board even went on to suspended members of the ZIFA secretariat and Premier Soccer League governors, moves which resulted in the SRC involving the police leading to the duo’s arrest.

Felton Kamambo and Machana were held at Highlands Police Station.[2]

Reference

  1. Langton Nyakwenda, [1], The Sunday Mail, Published: December 23, 2018, Retrieved: January 24, 2020
  2. Suspended ZIFA President, Felton Kamambo, Arrested, Pindula News, Published: February 12, 2022, Retrieved: February 12, 2022