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Barry Daka Laid To Rest The Football Way

By Muziwethu Hadebe

HIGHLANDERS and Zimbabwe Footbal LEGEND Barry Daka was laid to rest the football way at Lady Stanley Cemetery in Bulawayo on Wednesday.

The Master of Ceremony leading the burial proceedings was Ernest “Maphepha” Sibanda, himself a living football legend having played for Highlanders and Caps united.

“Maphepha” later went on to play a key role as the manager of Highlanders Football Club as well as the national team. He is also a former Highlanders chairman and is credited with leading the last Bosso league title in 2006 as the chairman. Barry Daka also coached “Maphepha” during his playing days.

Before burial the white Casket carrying the body of Daka arrived for the funeral service at the Bulawayo Amphitheatre led by Pastor Emmet Ndlovu.

Ndlovu is also a football person. He was a medic at Highlanders as well as with the National team. He worked with Daka at Highlanders and went on to be the General manager as well as secretary general at Highlanders.

His message was that the Lord knew us and our destiny well before we were born. He said before he was born the lord knew that Daka was going to be the coach of Highlanders, the coach of Rail Stars, the coach of the national team, the coach of Bulawayo City and that the lord knew how the people of Bulawayo and Zimbabwe were going to celebrate the life of this illustrious son of Zimbabwe.

As Daka’s body was placed in front of a packed Ampitheartre by Pall Bearers who included Rahman Gumbo a legend who was brought to Highlanders from Eagles by Daka, Douglas “ British Mloyi” who played as a centre back at Bosso under Daka. It also included those that he played with namely Billy Sibanda who was a right back, Lawrence Phiri who was a goalkeeper and Weekly Mwale who played with Daka at Wankie. But there was an element of his rivals during his days as Former Zimbabwe Saints and National team player as well as Coach Gibson Homela was part of the Pall Bearers. Homela and Daka coached various national teams together as well as producing a number of players and coaches.

The body did not only lie in front of the packed house who included Daka’s family as well as current and former players but it stood in front of an impressive collection line up of medals that Daka had won both as a player and a coach in his service to football.

When the life of Barry Daka was read out it included a list of all the medals that he had won in his football journey.

Daka loved music and his children and grandchildren sang one of the songs that they said he used to make them sing at home. The song with the words Luveve Township is good as it has beautiful girls received a huge cheer from the mourners.

Maphepha then opened the floor for the speakers starting with Highlanders who were represented by its President Ndumiso Gumede. Gumede described Barry as an outstanding player, outstanding coach as well as a mentor as he influenced many people’s lives. He said he remembers spending a month in Germany as Highlanders with Barry in 1987. What Gumede did not say is that it was as a result of that Germany trip that saw two of Daka’s players Madinda Ndlovu and Willard Khumalo exported to that country and Bosso is believed to have received a payment that also included two buses.

Other speakers included former ZIFA Vice president Vincent Pamire, Weekly Mwale who represented Hwange FC and said it was Daka’s arrival that saw the colliery side start to win trophies and setting up youth developmental centres within the colliery, Lawrence Phiri who said he met Barry at the age of 12 years and he was introduced to Bosso by the late Daka.

Rahman Gumbo was also one of the speakers and said he benefitted a lot from Barry Daka as he brought him from Eagles to Bosso and helped him find his way when he arrived in Botswana. It was an emotional speech as Rahman explained how he introduced the late Daka to the church and the late Daka went on to gave his life to the lord in Botswana.

Cosmas Tsano Zulu who coached for a long time with Daka took a swipe at Bosso, ZIFA, BCC, and FUZ for failing to honour the late legend while he was alive. He accused Bosso of failing to ensure that its legends have easy access to watch its team as most including Barry, always negotiated to find their way into the stadium.

Desmond Maringwa the president of the Football Union of Zimbabwe said he had learnt a lot from Daka and said he will miss his humbleness as well as the humility and smile that Daka had, saying a few with what he had achieved would have bothered to go down and coach the little ones.

Gibson Homela was also given time to address the mourners describing Barry as his boy who worked well with him despite them playing for different teams except at national level.

Premier Soccer League CEO Kennedy Ndebele described Daka as a football national hero given what he won as a player and coach as well as his influence to many players and coaches he produced.

In between the football speeches “Maphepha” allowed Remsy Kasawaya to perform some live music. It is not a Bosso gathering without popular Bosso songs and Kasawaya belted out a remix of Fanyana Dube, Lovemore Majaivana and Zex Manatsa that was responded to well by the mourners.

“Maphepha” then handed over the speeches to the Daka’s family and they were led by her last daughter Marcelene who disclosed that she was her dad’s favourite and that it was only two weeks that she had got her Medical Officer practicing certificate.

Marcelene broke into tears towards the end of her speech saying she was cross at her father.

“I did not know that I was going to be the first to certify my father dead, I have seen many dead people but this was difficult, my life is just starting and I don’t have any kids and am not married and would have wanted dad to witness this”, said Marcelene as her sisters assisted her off the stage.

The main speech was delivered by the mayor of Bulawayo Solomon Mguni who said by burying Daka at Lady Stanley and providing Amphitheatre the City was honouring one of its heroes.

After Ndlovu’s sermon it was time for body viewing with live background music before the long drive to Lady Stanley Cemetery where Daka was laid to rest.

MYSPORTS will give you more reactions to Daka’s death during the course of the coming week.Daka died last Thursday and was 71; He leaves behind his wife and four Children.

MAYHEM AT BF AS FC PLATINUM OUTCLASS HIGHLANDERS

By Muziwethu Hadebe

@ Babourfields Stadium, Bulawayo.

Highlanders 0-2 FC Platinum (Silas Songani 2)

There were ugly scenes in the first minute of stoppage time as disgruntled Highlanders fans threw missiles onto the pitch resulting in a lengthy stoppage on Saturday.

The missile throwing which was in bits and pieces for most of the match got worse from Empakweni stand following two tackles on substitute Ray Lunga that the Bosso fans felt should have been fouls, before spreading to the Soweto stand.

With the referee Arnold Sibanda waving play on, all sorts of missiles started raining onto the pitch including Irrigation pipes extension corners which were still on the field as the stadium is going through renovations.

Riot police managed to push out of the stadium most of the fans from Empakweni and Soweto stands and the outstanding one minute was played before the referee blew to end the match.

It was a poor advertisement for the PSL as this was in a way the season’s opener although the fixtures for the new season are not yet out.

FC Platinum fans at the Mpilo end made their way onto the field to go and occupy the wings section as they feared for their safety.

On the field the platinum miners had raced onto a two nil lead at the break with a brace from new signing Silas Songani.

They seemed to slow down the pace in the second half as Bosso tried to improve with the introduction of Tinashe Makanda and Lunga.

Bosso’s damage had been done in the first half where in midfield Nqobizitha Masuku was the only genuine ball winner with , the rest in that department like Prince Dube, Divine Mhindire,  Brian Banda and Mitchell Katswairo could not win the balls as FC Platinum pressed them well and forced Bosso into back passes for most of the match.

Highlanders finished the match without a shot on target as FC Platinum lifted their third consecutive Castle Challenge Cup.

GOOD BYE BARRY DAKA

By Muziwethu Hadebe

“Buya phela Tshomi sidle, dobha leyi ipiece, leyi ngeyami” (Come we share my lunch, Pick this piece, this one is mine).

This was last Friday at Luveve Stadium as the late Barry Daka shared his lunch of Chicken and Chips with me as we watched PSL returnees Bulawayo City FC play two pre-season friendly matches against Southern Region Division one side Talen Vision, alongside new Bulawayo City FC Manager Ronald “Gidiza” Sibanda.

Daka who was 71 years old at his death followed every Bulawayo City FC training session and matches for all the age groups in his role as the Technical Director and is credited with setting up the club’s junior structures which is now one of the best in a city rich with junior football.

That the U18’s won the 2019 Bulawayo Province Division 3 title and with it a promotion into the second Division under his belt and Ali Dube with the assistance of upcoming coaches Innocent Mapuranga and Bruce Tshuma speaks volumes of his love for developmental football.

Perhaps it’s something not surprising for someone who grew up playing youth football under the City of Bulawayo Youth clubs as well as playing under BAFA (Bulawayo Amateur Football Association) until he moved to play for Highlanders Football Club in 1965.

Maybe it’s also not surprising that the soft spoken mentor went on to work for the City Council for a good 26 years under the department of Housing and community Services, playing a key role in the council’s sports department as well as Housing office administration department.

“I am grateful to BCC for giving me the opportunity to work for the local authority for 26 years while I was involved in football at the same time,” he told me last Friday as we watched the two friendly matches.

Daka later moved to play for Wankie and got the team promoted into the first Division while winning the Castle Cup with the colliery side after beating Dynamos in 1973.

His love for Bosso saw him return to the Bulawayo club only but briefly as along with other players they moved from Bosso to form Olympics FC which was sponsored by Archer Clothing at the time in 1976. He was Player/Coach at the time.

He explained to me that their brave move confirms that Football money issues started long back.

“It was the money issues that saw us set up Olympics, but our sponsor also pulled out and we were lucky to secure Supersonic and the team was to be known as Supersonic and we had the likes of Boyce Malunga who had joined from Zimbabwe Saints,” Daka explained to me as we enjoyed the lunch while watching the friendly matches, with one or two laughs and questions from “Gidiza”.

Daka returned to Highlanders in 1983 in a coaching capacity and is credited with assembling the strong Bosso of the 80’s that had the likes of Peter Nkomo, Madinda Ndlovu, Alexander Maseko,Tito Paketh, Sydney Zimunya, Willard Khumalo and many more. It was under his leadership that Highlanders won every cup competition on offer in 1986.

Always an achiever Daka was to later assemble a strong Rail Stars side that got promoted into the PSL  before he moved to Botswana where he won the league title and a number of cup competitions in that country.

You don’t easily get the football hero or legend status without representing your national team. Daka played and later went on to coach the national team in various capacities.

He has the Cosafa winners’ medal, Picked silver with the U23 during the All Africa Games in 1995 as assistant to Wesley Grabowski. He took a risk and was assistant coach as well to Gibson Homela when the national team travelled to an Ebola hit DRC. He was also in the structures of the famous Dream team under Reinhard Fabisch and most recently was Technical Advisor to the mighty Warriors.

As I spent the three hours with him last Friday I realised that this was a man with a wealthy of football information that a few tapped into for recording purposes.

“We should put this information on video Topi,” I said as we parted after the two matches.

Little did I know it was to be the last time to see him. I however cherish the 3 hours I spent with him last Friday and the various encounters I had with him in my football life including at times finding him negotiating entry into the stadium to watch our top flight football. Maybe we need to honour our legends while they are alive.

Rest in peace Topi, Mdala, Bhibhiza, Barry!!!

Highlanders FC Financials Finally Out, As the Club Gets ZWL 383 From TV Rights

By Muziwethu Hadebe

@ Highlanders Sports Club

HIGHLANDERS FOOTBALL CLUB received yet another Qualified Audit Opinion as its revenue declined in the year ended 31 December 2019.

This was disclosed at the club’s extended AGM on Saturday as inflation adjusted financial statement was presented to its 40 members present on Sunday.

The auditors PNA Chartered Accountants cited two key risky items that contributed to the qualified opinion namely the International Accounting Standard (IAS) 16- Property and Equipment as well as the completeness of Revenue.

On the IAS the auditors said the entity (Highlanders FC) failed to separate between the land and buildings which results in the depreciation of the buildings separately from the land in accordance with IAS 16. The non-separation of the two tends not to give a true picture of the assets that the club is sitting on.

Completeness of Revenue was further broken down into three risky components areas which were picked by the auditors as follows;

  1. That the Football Club has no controls in place to ensure that all income received through donations was accounted for. The auditors said they could not obtain sufficient appropriate evidence on the completeness of donation income. Highlanders FC have always maintained that some of its donors prefer to remain unknown making the process difficult.
  2. That the Football Club hired its bus during the course of the year to ZIFA yet there was no hire agreement and other controls around the bus hire posing a huge risk to the club as the exact revenue of the bus hire could not be confirmed with agreed documentation, although in its financial statement the club says it received $ 6 815.00 recorded as other income.
  3. That there is uncertainty in the football club’s status as a going concern with the clubs current liabilities exceeding its current assets by ZWL 593 838 and having a cumulative deficit of ZWL 415 720.

Despite the going concern challenge the audit firm noted that the management had put in place measures to settle the debit taking advantage of the change in currency from the USD to ZWL, the inflationary environment as well as securing sponsorship with Net one up to 2021.

The Financial statement showed Bosso’s total revenue decline from $ 6 887 516 to $ 6 601 103 in the year ended 31 December 2019.

Sponsorship was the top revenue earner once more realising $ 2 435 871. The figure comprised of Net One $ 2 201 172, Nyaradzo $ 234 316 and ZBC TV RIGHTS $ 383, a decline from the inflation adjusted figure of $ 13 616 in the previous year. Nyaradzo pays either 10% or 15% for every policy sold through the club depending on where the policy is sold.

Gate takings continue to support Highlanders FC stability realising $ 1 616 124 and coming as the second highest revenue earner. This was a rise from $ 1 008 469 in 2018, with the Dynamos match once more earning the club the most with a figure of $ 258 710 and in the process contributing 16% of the club’s gate takings including cup matches.

Club House sales contributed $ 1 460 734, a rise from the $ 954 095 realised in the last financial year. Prize Money dropped to $ 721 705 from last year’s $ 862 122, Chibuku super Cup was the highest with $ 325 238.

Highlanders FC continued to struggle on the sale of players revenue realising an inflation adjusted amount of $ 13 018 for the sale of goalkeeper Nedrick Mandeya to Talen Vision.

In the previous year the club did not sell any player while sale of Merchandise realised only $ 7 196 in the absence of replica jerseys and appropriate merchandise for the club.

The Bosso leadership has a huge task of moving away from the traditional revenue streams as it attempts to clear its debit and operate at a profit. The financial statement was presented in ZWL and was inflationary adjusted.

ZIFA Southern Region Declares A Surplus

By Muziwethu Hadebe

@ The ZIFA Southern Region AGM, Bulawayo.

The ZIFA Southern Region declared a surplus of $ 1 441, 41 in its financial statement as at 31 December 2019. This was disclosed by Tizirayi Luphahla Board Member (finance), in his financial report presentation at the AGM on Saturday.

Total recorded income stood at $ 207 121.35 against an expenditure of $ 205 679.94 for the just ended year.

Although the surplus was not a huge figure it confirmed the Division One league operating within its budget as compared to the previous two financial years in which it operated in excesses of $ 5 180.65 in 2017 and $ 8 133.17 in 2018.

The auditor’s letter confirmed satisfaction with the handling of the finances by the league. It however put recommendations for the league which included;

  • Use of an accounting package to avoid arithmetic errors and to ease the production of reports and financial statements.
  • That the organisation’s assets be revalued in Zim dollars to express a true value in the financial statements.
  • That the organisation looks for more sponsors that will replace those that left or those whose sponsorship is on the low.

A sponsorship deal of $ 15 856.17 from Southland was realised for administration expenses while Liquor Hub provided $ 9 900.00 for the John Landa Memorial Cup.

Affiliation fees continued to be a key revenue earner for the league realising $ 35 815.00 while the National Association provided $ 28 255.50.

Luphahla also presented his proposed 2020 budget which was approved by members with the league expected to raise $ 884 320.00.

The only query raised on the financials was by Makomo secretary general Lewis Jeche who described as unclear the allocation by Luphahla on meetings in the new season, as he pointed out that a specific allocation for that was needed.

The region is targeting to get a sponsorship of $ 100 000 from Southland, $ 70 000 from Liqour Hub while affiliation fees is once more expected to raise most of the revenue at $ 470 000.

Half of the teams had not paid their affiliation fees resulting in them attending the AGM as observers. The league is incorporating new competition rules which will see heavy fines for offending teams; this is also expected to raise income for the league.

There is however no doubt that the league needs to be fully branded and surpass the million dollar value in terms of its annual budget as it has the talent and the potential to reach such heights. ZWL currency was used in the budget preparing the financial statement.

I Smell something brewing in 2020-Antipas

By Muziwethu Hadebe

@Hartsfield Rugby Ground, Bulawayo (Chicken Inn FC Training)

“After finishing third in 2018, second in 2019, there has been progression and I smell something brewing up in 2020,” Chicken Inn FC head coach Joey Antipas declared after his team’s two hour training session at the Rugby field on Wednesday.

“In 2020 we should go a notch higher but it’s going to be a fight and it won’t be easy, Dynamos have awaken up from their slumber with some good acquisitions, Caps United have done the same, FC Platinum look strong, You can’t write off Highlanders they are always there and Ngezi Platinum Stars also look strong but we should be in there fighting,” said Antipas who has won two league titles before with Motor Action and the Game Cocks.

Antipas said in as much as they lost Innocent Muchaneka who used to score some vital goals for them, the new players were fitting well into his system.

 “ Our new signings have shown good attitude, I am firm believer in that what you rub off at training translate into what you will rub off on the match but they will have to make their mark on the team just like Clive Augusto did and half way through the season he was gone,” said Antipas.

 Chicken Inn have so far signed right back Ian Nekati from ZPC Kariba, Left back Nelson Ketala from Ngezi Platinum Stars, Clive Dzingai from relegated Mushowani, Brian Muza who scored 14 goals for FC Talen Vision last year in Division one as well as steady defender Brian Giant signed from another Division One side Mosi Rovers and Sherpard Mhlanga from Bulawayo Chiefs.

Antipas who refused to comment on his appointment as Warriors assistant coach said that they are now ready to start playing practice matches ahead of the start of the season.

“We are now looking at playing some friendly matches but the Malawi tournament will give us three matches to assess our players, it’s a big tournament which now has new sponsors and we were there last year and we will face competitive teams like Nyasa Big Bullets which is coached by Kalisto Pasuwa, BeForward who are big rivals to Nyasa, there is also a side from Mozambique Nampulu, so we going there not to win but to assess our readiness for the new season,  but if we win the tournament it will a plus for us,” said Antipas.

The Chicken Inn head coach promised the handful of Chicken Inn fans and the neutrals across the country that his team was going to play some good football.

“We will play some good football, we have also added Energy Murambadoro into the technical team, he brings in a wealthy of experience into the team having played in Europe, South Africa as well as the national team, already there is some vibe in that department and a good cohesion with the technical team,” he added.

Asked on his appointment as Warriors assistant coach Antipas refused to comment. “No comment on that one, I don’t want to say something that’s going to be suicidal…………ahhh no comment on that one,” he reacted when asked about the warriors job.

Chicken Inn is set to leave for Malawi on the 25th of February for the tournament that is set to run from the 28th of February to the 1st of March.

Young Mighty Warriors Sail Through.

To Face Ethiopia in the next Round.

By Muziwethu Hadebe

@ Babourfields stadium, Bulawayo.

Zimbabwe 1-0 Malawi (Talent Bizeki 73’)

Zimbabwe won 2-1 on aggregate

Zimbabwe Striker Talent Bizeki, scrambled a pass from fellow forward Dinah Rose Banda in the 73rd minute into the back of the net as the Zimbabwe Women’s U20 national soccer team edged Malawi out of the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup qualifiers in this preliminary round, second leg tie before a decent crowd at Babourfields.

Banda who is the daughter of former Eagles and Highlanders left winger Tanny Banda used his body well to squeeze past the strong Malawi defence and found Bizeki whose weak shot seemed to take a deflection off the legs of Malawi right back Jessie Yosepe before rolling into the nets, much to the excitement of the crowd.

Until then Malawi who maintained their shape well were having the better of the Young Mighty Warriors, knowing a goal would work in their favour, while a goalless draw was still in favour of Zimbabwe.

They had three chances falling to their captain Faith Chezhara in the 9th and 10th minute with Zimbabwe goalkeeper and Captain Cynthia Shonga producing good saves. In the 27th minute Chezhara managed to beat Shonga well on the ground but saw her shot going wide as Zimbabwe survived.

With the match two minutes away from full time and Malawi fully aware an equalizer will force the match into a penalty shoot-out, Chezhara who was giving the Zimbabwe defence a torrid time managed to break loose again but this time her fine chip just went over the bar.

Besides a strong Malawi second half performance, Zimbabwe had plenty chances to win the match especially in the first half where the Malawi goalkeeper Ruth Mhango worked over time to deny the Zimbabwe forwards.

Thrice she denied Banda, in one of the saves producing a double save having earlier stooped a Shylin Dambamuromo shot and then a Banda follow up in the 15th minute.

Mhango also stopped a Valerie Packry fine strike after Banda had swept past the Malawi defence as the talented Banda reminded fans of her brother’s skills (Toto Banda) in the 39th minute while Bizeki saw her grounder cleared from the line with the half time whistle three minutes away.

Bizeki who missed lots of opportunities, although must be praised for always positioning herself well missed a glorious chance in the 58th minute as her initial shot was saved by the keeper and skied her second effort over the bar in the box for the second ball.

Zimbabwe coach Rosemary Mugadza felt it was a tough match but was happy that the Young Mighty Warriors progressed, while her Malawi counterpart seemed to suggest that the Zimbabwe goal should not have stood as there was an infringement before the goal.

Zimbabwe will now meet Ethiopia in the next round. They will then clash with the winner of the match between South Africa and Botswana in the second round, before facing Ghana if they are to go to the world cup.

Woman of the match, Joint award for the two goalkeepers Cynthia Shonga (good saves and amazing ball distribution) and Ruth Mhango (good saves).

Zimbabwe Cynthia Shonga 9/10, Sharon Teterai 5/10, Pationa Myamugure 7/10, Precious Baison 5/10, Moreblessing Bwende 6/10, Faith Chezhara 6/10, Valerie Packray 7/10, Tinotenda Sakara 4/10, Shylin Dambamuromo 7/10, Dinah Rose Banda 8/10, Talent Bizeki 8/10

Crowd 8/10, good support.

Young Mighty Warriors Ready For Malawi

By Muziwethu Hadebe

@BF, Bulawayo.

Young Mighty Warriors Head Coach Rosemary Mugadza is hopeful that her team will get a good result against Malawi at Bulawayo’s Babourfields Stadium on Saturday, in the preliminary round, second leg 2020 FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup qualifier.

The Zimbabwe girls will walk onto the Babourfields turf carrying a 1-1 draw they picked from the first leg two weeks back in Blantyre, Malawi.

Faith Drive FC midfielder Shyline Dambamuromo scored the important away goal for Zimbabwe.

“We have not broken camp since we came from Malawi and this should help us get a good result and a strong performance just like we did in the first half in Malawi,” said Mugadza who played for Zimbabwe and has coached the senior national team before.

The Young mighty warriors looked sharp during a two hour training session on Friday morning at the match venue under the watchful eyes of Mugadza and her assistant Nomusa Moyo.

Mugadza admitted that Malawi were good and very creative in midfield while appreciating their weakness in defence, something she said they will hope to capitalize on with her fast strikers.

The former New Orleans player refused suggestions that the performance of the U17 girls who were booted out of their world cup qualifier 7-0 on aggregate by Botswana, losing 2-0 last Sunday at the same venue will affect them.

“I think the U17 girls did well as they were taking part for the first time in the qualifiers, this U20 team is taking part for the second time and we hope to do better than we did in 2014,” said Mugadza.

Harare City goalkeeper Cynthia Shonga was impressive at training with a number of good saves and good ball distribution.

“ Given our preparations and training we are confident of getting a good result as we are playing at home and it’s on a bigger pitch which they might find difficult to play on,” was the reaction of the former Faith Drive FC player at the end of the training session.

Diana Rose Banda who plays for Queen Lozikeyi Academy seemed to capitalize on bulldozing her way through defenders at training, a strength she might want to fully utilize on Saturday.

If Zimbabwe beat Malawi they will look up to Ethiopia in their next challenge. South Africa or Botswana will await them after Ethiopia. The last hurdle to a world cup ticket will come in the form of Ghana.

Mugadza believes her defence needs to watch out Malawi’s Yamikani Mhango, the striker who came as a substitute and scored the equalizer with three minutes of the match left.

ZIMBABWE

Goalkeepers Cynthia Shonga (Harare City), Tariro Chirume (Faith Drive).

Defenders Pationa Nyamugure (Faith Drive), Precious Baison (Auckland), Moreblessing Bwende (Harare City), Sharon Teterai (Black Rhinos), Annie Ndura(COSA)

Midfielders Faith Chezhara (Harare City), Shyline Dambamuromo (Faith Drive), Ennety Chemhere (Hearts of Oak), Valeria Packry (Harare City), Tinotenda Sakara(Harare City),Rennie Mudimu(Faith Drive), Beata Chako(Maningi).

Strikers Talent Bizeki (Maningi), Diana Rose Banda (Queen Lozikeyi academy), Nothando Mthunzi (Magwegwe Stars), Greatwin Dzawo (Faith Drive)

Possible starting 11 SHONGA, NYAMUGURE, BAISON, BWENDE, TETERAI, CHEZHARA, DAMBAMUROMO, CHEMHERE, PACKRY, BIZEKI, BANDA.

MARK HARRISON SAVES BOSSO A MILLION DOLLARS

By Muziwethu Hadebe

@ The Bosso AGM

HIGHLANDERS FOOTBALL CLUB new coach Mark Harrison started his job on a ‘Savings’ tip as he avoided a possible bill of $ 877 000 RTGS.

This was disclosed by Highlanders chairman Kenneth Mhlophe at the Bosso AGM last Sunday.

“We need the help of everyone for the team to move forward as the expenses are getting higher, as we speak we were meant to raise $ 877 000 RTGS for the team’s pre-season training camp but we were fortunate enough as the coach indicated that he needed the players here in Bulawayo, he said he will only need two days out of Bulawayo for his team building session”, said Mhlophe.

It will seem the Executive had anticipated a pre-season training camp from the Britton as was the case last season with Madinda Ndlovu, the then head coach who left the club half way through the season for Botswana.

With a local training programme it means Harrison saved Bosso from forking out an equivalent of USD 35 000 on the alternative market.

Last year’s Bosso pre-season training camp in Matopo was marred by an industrial action by the senior team players, which only stopped towards the start of the season.  

Mhlophe also touched on the expensive FIFA approved balls that the team needs which he said cost USD 150 each with the new coach pointing out that he needed 100 of those.

Chief Executive Officer Nhlanhla Dube, then explained why the coach needs 100 balls.

 “The 60 balls are for training and the 40 are for match days, roughly on match days a ball can be used once or twice and say three times depending on the coach, I remember when the late Eddie May was the coach we would use a ball once for match days”, Dube explained.

It was at this juncture that individual members pledged 12 balls by the end of the meeting.

 In as much as they pledged the 12 balls, there was no member who queried why Bosso has over the years failed or what has it done to attract a technical partner that will supply such balls, other training equipment as well as proper playing kits leading to supplying replicas for the fans.

Instead the members were advised by the chairman that Bosso is in the process of raising USD 20 000 to ship such replica jerseys from China.

Such merchandise through a reputable technical partner can go a long way in addressing the financial struggles of Highlanders. The PSL and ZIFA should also be seen to be sourcing for such technical partners when it comes to match day balls.

Non Availability Of Audited Financials almost Stops Highlanders AGM

By Muziwethu Hadebe

@ The Highlanders Club House, Bulawayo.

The non-availability of Highlanders Football Club 2019 audited financial statement almost resulted in the Club’s AGM being postponed last Sunday at the Highlanders Club House in Bulawayo.

Vocal club members felt it was not proper for the AGM to go ahead without the financial report from the Treasurer Donald Ndebele. This occurred after Ndebele had explained to the members that the auditors were going through the financials and as the executive they were seeking the way forward from the members.

“Any serious organization takes its financials as the major business of the AGM, is an AGM an AGM without the audited financials, lets postpone this meeting if the financials are not ready”, said Njabulo Bango.

Bango was supported by a number of members who included Beke Ngoma, Ezra Sibanda, Andrew Tapela, Allan Mpofu and a Mr Ngwenya who said the apology for the non-availability of the financial statement should have come from the Chairman and not the Treasurer.

Just when it looked like the motion to postpone the AGM moved by Tapela was about to be seconded, Moeli Kelebile stood up to suggest that besides the financials there were a lot of other issues that the members needed to discuss pertaining to the 2019 soccer season, making reference to the Chairman’s report.

Kenneth Mhlophe the Chairman then put the issue to a vote with 42 members voting for the meeting to proceed while 20 members wanted the meeting to be postponed. The meeting which started an hour and 25 minutes late had stared with 75 members present, meaning 13 members had not voted.

The 75 members present did not constitute a quorum for the AGM to go ahead but agreed to proceed with the business of the day.

Speaking to Mysports after the AGM Ndebele said that the audit was actual current on and that the auditors had requested for more time as a number of revaluations needed to be done due to the change of currencies from the USD to ZWL.

He however did not say when the audit had commenced. Bosso members will now meet again on 8 March to debate on the audited financial statement.

Sponsorship income is likely to be the top revenue earner once more with Highlanders winning the Chibuku Super Cup in 2019 ahead of Gate takings, as Bosso saw improved attendances towards the end of the season.