By Muziwethu Hadebe
Modern Ngwenya and Donald Ndebele were retained as Highlanders Football Club Vice Chairman and Treasurer respectively for another three years during elections held on Sunday at the Highlanders Sports club in Bulawayo.
Ngwenya beat Longwe Ndlovu with 95 to 40 votes to retain the post he won in 2016.
Ndebele beat the same opponent he faced three years ago banker Charles Ndlovu, picking 92 votes while Ndlovu managed 43 votes. 135 members voted from the 250 ballots allotted by the club for the elections.
Ngwenya said he was excited with his victory and will continue working hard for the club.
“I am overwhelmed by the results, I am humbled and touched by the support that I got, I will not sit on my laurels and will continue working hard and add value to the club ensuring that our entities make profits, we made profits from the sports club and would love to see this continue”, said Ngwenya.
Ngwenya has been Vice Chairman since 2016 and acted as well when the then Chairman Peter Dube was suspended by ZIFA leading up to the election of Kenneth Mhlophe as the chairman of the club.
Ndebele who received praises from the Bosso auditors at last sunday’s AGM eased passed Ndlovu and vowed to reduce the Highlanders debt together with his team while continuing with strict controls at the gates on match days.
“During the AGM we promised something to the effect of reducing the debt, we are just waiting for the paper work and once it’s ready we will reveal it, I think the Orlando Pirates match confirmed the number of fans that BF can accommodate and I am happy that as a club we have put measures and we are controlling the turnstiles very well and will continue to do so”, said Ndebele.
Highlanders Football club sits on a debt of $ 800 000. It generated an income of $ 1 200 000 in the last financial year and was the team that was watched the most in the past season. Most of the revenue was however lost to fines amounting to $ 14 000 owing to its fans behaviour during the matches.
The next elections will be in 2021 for the Chairman, Secretary General and Committee member positions, although Bosso is working on aligning its elections so that all the posts are contested for at the same time, with the hand over take over expected to be in the hands of the Chief Executive Officer.
By Muziwethu Hadebe
Images by Bonweyinkosi Sithole
@ Babourfields Stadium, Bulawayo.
FC Platinum 0-1 Horoya
A Marius Hamed Assoko penalty five minutes into the second half gave the visitors their first win in the group stages of the CAF Champions League before about 6000 fans.
The penalty was conceded by captain and goalkeeper Petros Mhari who brought down in the box impressive Horoya captain Mandela Olansey, and the Mali defender (Assoko) made no mistake from the spot.
Horoya who spent a week in Zimbabwe ahead of the match dominated most of the play and created five chances in the first half as compared to FC Platinum’s one.
Charles Sibanda in his first match in the CAF Champions League slide a Gift Mbweti low cross into the box over the bar.
Outstanding Kelvin Madzongwe did come with two long range efforts in the 16th and 23rd minutes that saw the fans rise from their seats.
Horoya striker Boniface Haba forced a fine save from Mhari in the 31st minute as the goalkeeper who played and completed his 7th match in this competition dived well to his left to push the ball out for a corner.
Olansey failed to beat Mhari in the box after 73 minutes with the goalkeeper punching the ball out of danger.
Raphael Muduviwa saw his powerful shot headed out for a corner in the 77th minute.
Albert Eonde could and should have equalised at the death but headed wide a Madzongwe cross from the left.
FC Platinum who seemed a bit cautious and played into Horoya’s slow paced game is yet to score a goal in the group stages. This was their first home defeat in the competition and have not scored a goal in their last four CAF Champions League matches.
NORMAN MAPEZA (FC PLATINUM) “ I would like to congratulate my colleague here for winning, we were not at our best, we conceded a harsh penalty, if you look at the position of the ball he was not going to the goal but went straight to our keeper, For us it’s a mountain to climb now but an experience, we need to keep working hard and see what comes from it, mathematically we are still in with a chance”.
PATRICK NEVEU (HOROYA) “ We are happy with the result for picking a win away from home, we are also happy with the quality of football displayed, even my colleague here his team played well despite losing the match and we are happy overall”.
ESTIMATED CROWD 6000