HIGHLANDERS REGISTERS 25 PLAYERS FOR 2020

HIGHLANDERS REGISTERS 25 PLAYERS FOR 2020

By Muziwethu Hadebe

HIGHLANDERS FOOTBALL CLUB say that they will only release the list of the players they registered with the Premier Soccer league once their registration applications are approved by the PSL and player licences issued by ZIFA.

Mysports however understands that the Chibuku Super cup winners did not register any developmental player opting to stick to 25 players despite having developmental teams including an U13 side that was crowned the champions of the ZIFA Bulawayo Province League.

In the absence of an official list Mysports tried to come up with a possible list based on the three pre-season matches the team played before the lockdown due to the Corona virus pandemic.

From the three matches against Black Rhinos, Chapungu and FC Platinum Goalkeeper and captain Ariel Sibanda made two appearances while former Caps United goalkeeper Chris Mverechena played one match as Reward Muza promoted from Bosso 90 featured mostly for the second team. The three are set to be the goalkeepers.

Mark Harrison the new Bosso coach seemed to prefer Charlton Siamalonga as the right back as he played all the three matches. He struggled against Rhinos, showed improvement against Chapungu and was an avenue for FC Platinum new signing Silas Songani in the Castle Challenge match.

After the departure of MacClive Phiri, Bosso will have problems in that position as they brought in two left footed wing backs in Humphrey Ncube from Bulawayo City and Collin Mujuru from Harare City when they already had Mbongeni Ndlovu in that position who has played two friendly matches.

The centre backs will be the pair of Peter Muduhwa and Andrew Mbeba. They will expect cover from Tendai Ndlovu and former Bosso 90 captain Cadwell Gawaza who might be forced to play the right back position although they have also used Sylvester Ndlovu in the B team on the right back position.

While Highlanders finished the last season using two defensive midfielders in Nqobizitha Masuku and Adrian Silla, Harrison seems to prefer using Masuku on his own.

It’s a formation that was exposed in the FC Platinum match as Divine Mhindirira, Brian Banda,Godfrey  Makaruse and at times Prince Dube are not natural ball winners. Ray Lunga, Bukhosi Sibanda and promoted Muziwakhe Dlamini complete the midfielders.

Mkhokheli Dube and Mitchell Katswairo come in as the new strikers alongside Rodi Sibanda from South Africa. The rest of the strikers are likely to be Cleopas Kapupirika, Tinashe Makanda who is not starting this year despite a strong finish last season and Prince if not used as a midfielder.

Bosso last won the league title in 2006 under the guidance of Methembe Ndlovu.

Possible Registered Bosso Squad

Ariel Sibanda, Chris Mverechena, Reward Muza

Charlton Siamalonga, Humphrey Ncube, Mbongeni Ndlovu, Peter Muduhwa, Andrew Mbeba, Collin Mujuru, Tendai Ndlovu and Cadwell Gawaza.

Nqobizitha Masuku, Adrian Silla, Divine Mhindirira, Brian Banda, Ray Lunga, Muziwakhe Dlamini, Bukhosi Sibanda and Godfrey makaruse.

Prince Dube, Mkhokheli Dube, Mitchell Katswairo, Cleopas Kapupirika, Tinashe Makanda and Rodi Sibanda.

BULAWAYO CHIEFS INCLUDES FOUR COPA COCA COLA BOYS IN ITS SQUAD

By Muziwethu Hadebe

BULAWAYO CHIEFS squad for their third consecutive year in the Premier Soccer League is out and it includes veteran striker Charles Sibanda who joins them after his contract was not renewed by champions FC Platinum and four developmental players who played at the 2019 Copa Coca Cola finals.

Mpopoma High School@Copa Coca Cola 2019

 

Amakhosi Amahle as they call themselves or the “Twitter” boys as some people like to call them were promoted into the PSL in 2018 and have always finished 13th out of the 18 teams on the log in the last two seasons.

They have played 68 matches, winning 20 matches and drawing an equal number while losing 28 matches and scoring 62 goals in the process and are hoping for a better finish in 2020.

Other new signings include goalkeeper Alfred Chiname from Masvingo United, Left back Gift Gumbo who joins from Division One side CIWU, Corey Eli Black from Ajax and the former Chicken Inn pair of defender Ben Nyahunzvi and midfielder Joe Nyabinde. Left back Danny Millias who was on loan to Division One side Filabusi Utd also returns to Chiefs.

Once want away players led by goalkeeper David Bizabani, defender Malven Mkolo, midfielders Shadreck Nyahwa and Arthur Musiyiwa as well as speedy striker Farawu Matare have been retained and are expected to play a key role in the team’s fight for a top finish.

The squad also includes two Ghanaian players, defender Isaac Badu who scored three goals last year and midfielder Samuel Adom.

Chiefs lost midfielder Sherpard Mhlanga to Chicken Inn but have included four u20 players who played for Mpopoma High School in the 2019 Copa Coca Cola semi-final and lost out to Prince Edward 2-0. From the five developmental players registred only Cedric Chinomona was not part of the Mpopoma High School team.

Last Year’s Goal Scorers

Authur Musiyiwa 6, Hughe Chikosa 4, Shadreck Nyahwa 3, Isaac Badu 3, Farawu Matare 3,Sherpherd Mhlanga 2, Pelius Sibanda 2,Desire Shumbanhete 2,Francis Darkpata 2, Kundishora Chakanyuaka 2Malvin Mkolo, Michael Bhebhe, Hussein Zvakavapano on a single goal plus one own goal.

Goalkeepers

David Bizabani, Alfred Chiname and Matripple Muleya (under 20)

Defenders

Danny Millias, Gift Gumbo, Felix Moyo, Pelius Sibanda, Malven Mkolo, Ben Nyahunzvi, Isaac Badu and Authur Ndlovu.

Midfielders

Desire Shumbanhete, Corey Eli Black, Shadreck Nyahwa, Joe Nyabinde, Samuel Adom, Lucy Ndlela, Hagiazo Desire Magaya, Keith Madera, Authur Musiyiwa and Mthokozisi Msebe.

Strikers

Farawu Matare, Billy Veremu, Mbonisi Ncube, Kundishora Chakanyuka, Hughe Chikosa and Charles Sibanda.

Developmental players Michael Ndlovu, Malvin Hativagoni, Edward Mareya, Cedric Chinomona.

New Coaches To Add Excitement In The Zifa Southern Region Div One League

By Muziwethu Hadebe

Coach Movements in the ZIFA Southern Region Division One may set up the stage for an exciting 2020 season as the teams in the league fight for the sole ticket to the Castle Larger Premier Soccer League.

The few teams that managed to pay their affiliation fees before the Corona Virus lockdown have moved swiftly to announce changed Technical structures of their squads.

FC Talen Vision who finished second to Bulawayo City last year have given the task of trying another fight to the Premier league to Mark Mathe.

In a Technical team shake up the former Harare City coach will report to former coach Mkhuphali Masuku who assumes the role of Technical Director.

Masuku will oversee all the teams including the Division One central region team that is currently coached by Makhosi Mbeba.

“TV” as some call the ambitious side have already captured the signatures of Cannan Nkomo who was the 2019 Southern Region Player of the year as well defender Zephania Ngodzo both from promoted Bulawayo City alongside centre back Nyasha Mpofu from Green fuel and right back Gabriel Dlodlo from Ajax.

Anchor-man Darlington Munkuli comes in from Bosso 90. They lost Brian Muza to Chicken Inn; in a transfer deal that will see them get three players from chicken Inn including a goalkeeper.

Muza scored 14 goals last season and was amongst the 11 Southern Region soccer star finalists as well as winning the club’s Players player of the year award.

ZPC Hwange finished third last year. They have retained Njabulo Dube as the head coach and will be assisted by Mthandazo Nkala and Brighton Siziba.

The power generators raided Bosso 90 getting Donnet Fosho and Archford Faira on a season’s loan as they look to strengthen their squad.

They also added Kasimero Chimbadzwa from Hwange, Sebastain Moyo from Ingagula, the trio of Justine Kaunda, Milton Nyangu and Abel Machaka, who scored a combined 14 goals at Makomo last year.

Their new signings are completed by Peter Ghani from ZPC Kariba, Sikhumbulani Dube from Bulawayo Chiefs and Trust Mnenge from Hwange.

Victoria Falls based Mosi Rovers shocked many by getting last season’s championship winning coach Try Ncube, who ensured a quick return to the PSL for Bulawayo City as their new Head Coach.

The former Technosphere coach quickly lured from Bulawayo City Chris Samakwere, Thabani Goredema, Physwell Madhazi and Darrly Nyandoro, the four scored a combined 15 goals at City last season.

Ncube also brought in goalkeeper Wellington Muuya from Highlanders as well as defenders Takunda Muzuva from Bulawayo Chiefs and Stanford Chavingira from Indlovu Iyanyathela to fortify his defence. Mosi Rovers could be one of the teams to watch this season after they also signed striker McCarthy Dube.

Arenel Movers were given another dance in the league despite being one of the teams relegated last year. The sweets and biscuit makers, who are now also into the manufacture of Mineral water quickly romped in former CIWU coach Kudzi Mhandire as head coach. He will be assisted by former Ajax coach Nkosilathi NKomo. It could be two brains that might give a number of teams one or two headaches in the new season. Our sources say the team is targeting a top eight finish.

Hwange who were once more relegated from the PSL have appointed Bongani Mafu as the new head coach.

Casmyn finished 10th last season and have brought in former Highlanders defender Dazzy Kapenya as the new coach, Kapenya was once a coach with the miners and will hope to push them to the top this time around.

The surprise return of Zimbabwe Saints who are yet to announce their head coach has also created excitement in the league and could be a threat to the established teams.

PHILANI “BEEFY” NCUBE NAMES HIS BULAWAYO CITY SQUAD

By Muziwethu Hadebe

Despite uncertainty on when the 2020 Premier Soccer League Season will kick off due to the Corona Virus epidemic all the teams in the league have registered their 2020 squads, with the exception of Herentals FC who still have a pending case after they were booted out of the League for taking football matters to court. The students have since appealed that outcome with the ZIFA Appeals Committee.

Returnees Bulawayo City who after winning the Southern Region Division one title lost key players like Cannan Nkomo, Zephania Ngodzo, Darrly Nyandoro, Chris Samakwere and Thabani Goredema seem to have assembled a decent squad.

Philani Beefy Ncube who is also returning to the club after last season’s winning coach Try Ncube left for Mosi Rovers disclosed to Mysports that he had kept faith with goalkeeper Kelvin Nyoni, brought in another goalkeeper Bhekimpilo Ncube from Yadah as well as Elton Sibanda from Indlovu Iyanyathela (having played for Bantu Rovers before) to complete his goalkeeping department which will be under the guidance of Donald Khumalo as the goalkeepers coach.

For the defenders he has gone for experience bringing in Kudzai Chideu from Chapungu, Douglas Sibanda from FC Talen Vision, talented left back Wilfred Munhorwei from Hwange, forgotten right back Lewis Ncube while retaining the services of Lesley Lunga, Ntobeko Moyo and Zibusiso Sibanda.

It is in midfield where Ncube has plenty new faces led by Dominic Mukandi who returns to Bulawayo after he first came to the City straight from school to join Njube Sundowns. His football journey has seen him play for Dynamos, Caps United and Ngezi Platinum stars.

Mukandi is joined in that crucial department by Hillary Bakacheza, Pasca Manhanga, Eddie Nkulungo, Fungai Chirnda, Crispen Machisi as well as unknown Brighton Jabulani Moyo who was playing social soccer in the parks of Johannesburg. Moyo looked promising in City’s friendly matches. From last year’s team “Beefy” retained Melikhaya Ncube and Welcome Ndiweni.

Upfront former national U23 striker Mgcini Sibanda returns to competitive football. City have also captured the signature of Wisdom Mutasa as well as that of former Bosso 90 forward Dalubuhle Dlodlo. From their 2019 team they have registered Gerald Ngulube and Nkosilomusa Khanye.

Innocent Mapuranga, Bruce Tshuma, Ali “Baba” Dube will be happy to see five of their Division 3 developmental players who won the title and promotion into Division 2 registered into the first team.

The five also featured in City’s 2-1 win over Biya and friends in the ZIFA Bulawayo Province cup final as the talented team completed a double.

The five are the captain of the side Farasi Elshamar (he has a great passing game), Tall centre back Mpumelelo Bhebhe, overlapping right back Manners Junior Mangumba, midfielder Andrea Siziba as well as Lucky Dube who scored the two goals against Biya and Friends.

City played three seasons in the PSL between 2016 and 2018 playing 98 matches, winning 31 matches, drawing 26, losing 41 and scoring 93 goals.

Beefy will be assisted by Farai Tawachera and Golding Dube. Ronald “Gidiza” Sibanda also comes in as the team manager. The new structure sees Johannes Ngodzo dropped to be in charge of the Division two side and will be assisted by Gift Lunga JNR while Mapuranga, Tshuma  will be in charge of the junior teams.

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.

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