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.