Heads are set to roll at Highlanders’ annual general meeting (AGM) to be held on January 30 with some members of the country’s oldest football club calling for the executive to step down.
Highlanders’ AGM is held on the last Sunday of January every year and despite the team’s good performance on the field of play, there was a lot of turbulence related to financial issues.
A member of the club said the issue of finance would be the main agenda item of the meeting.
The member, who chose not to be named, said they would press for a motion to pass a vote of no confidence in the executive committee led by Themba Ndlela.
Chairman Ndlela is deputised by Sikhanyiso Moyo with Andrew Tapela as secretary. Other committee members are Odiel Nkomo (treasurer) and Wisdom Mabhena (committee member).
“Our agenda this year is about finance because without money we are going to struggle. When one wants to be chairman of Highlanders or a leader of any organisation, one must be prepared to inherit all the problems and solve them.
“If you realise that the seat is hot, leave the office to the owners. We are going to ask them to step down. We should be worried about where we are going to get the money. We just have to have a new executive,” the member fumed.
According to Highlanders’ constitution, members of the club can pass a vote of no confidence in the executive committee.
Article 7.6 of the club’s constitution reads: “The executive committee or any member thereof maybe removed from office by a vote of no confidence passed by a two-thirds majority of a special general meeting. In the event that any position falls vacant before the expiry of that term of office, the executive committee, in consultation with the board of directors, shall have the power to co-opt any suitable member including a member of the board of directors to act in that position until elections are held.”
Another member charged: “We have an executive that has failed administratively. Players performed well but they are owed a lot of money.
“We have been in and out of courts and we have lots of debts. Those guys (the executive) should have stepped down a long time ago.”
The Bulawayo giants have faced a host of financial problems this year, which have seen them fail to pay players’ salaries, winning bonuses and allowances.
A stalemate over the payment of former coach Mohamed Fathi’s salaries ended up in court and Bosso were ordered to pay the Egyptian.
Player unrest was the order of the day and an exodus is expected as most of the players’ contracts expired on December 31 last year.
Efforts to get a comment from Ndlela and Tapela were fruitless on Tuesday.