Hwange Colliery Company (HCC) has fired some members of the football club executive committee with immediate effect.
HCC spokesperson Burzil Dube yesterday said the company was also assessing the performance of the technical team which consists of technical manager Tennant Chilumba, head coach Nation Dube and his assistant Mebelo Njekwa, in the remaining seven matches.
The development comes after Hwange’s 1-0 loss to relegation-fighting Shooting Stars in the first round of the Mbada Diamonds Cup at Barbourfields Stadium last Saturday.
Dube said the company had retained him, chairman Joseph Zulu and treasurer Ethel Kamocha while nine other members have been shown the door.
“The company has dissolved the executive committee of the football club. Only the chairman (Zulu) and the treasurer (Kamocha) have been retained. In the interim, the company will run the football club. We have decided to restructure the team as we seek to remain focused. We are also assessing the technical bench and players in the remaining games,” Dube said.
Those affected are Charles Ncube, Lenny Munenekwa, Garliet Simunchembu, Langton Masunda, Godfrey Dube, Elias Sibanda, Lovemore Sibanda, Ali Milanzi and Sydney Nare.
Zulu is the Premier Soccer League vice-chairman, who was co-opted following Themba Ndlela’s stepping down from the league’s board of governors last year.
The coal miners are in position six on the log table and have endured indifferent results in the last six matches.
After the 2-0 loss to Chicken Inn on August 13, Chilumba said he was not happy with the team’s inconsistency. He suspected interference from some of the executive members for the poor form.
l Meanwhile, Premiership newcomers FC Platinum and returnees Zimbabwe Saints are the only teams from the Southern Region that have pulled through to the quarter-finals of the $1 million Mbada Diamonds Cup.
Five other teams from the region, Highlanders, Hwange, Chicken Inn, Shabanie Mine and Masvingo United bowed out of the league’s richest tournament in weekend clashes spread across the country.
Saints made a surprise advance to the next stage of the tournament after bundling out giants Highlanders 6-5 in a penalty shootout at the Colliery on Saturday.
FC Platinum beat police side Black Mambas 1-0 at Gibbo Stadium in Triangle on Saturday.
FC Platinum could be headed for a flirt with the 2012 Caf Confederations Cup in their maiden Premiership season after beating Warumwa Warumwa through a penalty by midfielder Menard Mupera after Donald Ngoma was brought down inside the box.
Hwange lost 1-0 to Shooting Stars at Barbourfields Stadium on Saturday. Francis Kanda scored for Shooting Stars.
Chicken Inn lost 3-1 to Kiglon at Mucheke Stadium on Saturday with a brace from Nelson Mazivisa and a goal by Last Chibwiro after the Drumstick Special Boys had drawn first blood through Evans Chikawaikwai.
Shabanie were the biggest casualties after losing 4-0 to Blue Ribbon at Ascot Stadium in Gweru on Sunday.
The Millers, who now meet log-leaders Motor Action in the quarter-finals, had a brace by Felix Kuswatuka and a goal in each half by Charles Rukwanhi and Erea Phiri respectively.
The Mighty Bulls beat Monomotapa 2-1 at Sakubva Stadium in Mutare on Sunday Masvingo United are also out of the Mbada Diamonds Cup after losing 2-0 to Moses “Bambo” Chunga’s Gunners at Nyamhunga Stadium in Kariba on Sunday.