Some Highlanders benefactors and a section of the board of directors are reportedly pushing for former club secretary Peter Dube to put up his name for nomination to challenge incumbent Themba Ndlela for the Bulawayo football giants chairmanship in the upcoming elections.
A source on Tuesday told NewsDay Sport one of the Bosso benefactors (name supplied) has been persistently courting Dube to put up his name for nomination and the latter was supposed to confirm his position.
I understand Peter Dube is confirming his candidature anytime from now. At least that would be a serious candidate for the chairmanship post and certainly it would make loads of sense to work with such a serious person.
He is a former Highlanders secretary and a very principled man whom I am confident will put a lot of order into Bosso, the source said.
The source, a Highlanders member who refused to be identified, said he was also waiting to hear if Dube would be confirming his candidature so he would enter the race to challenge sitting executive secretary Andrew Tapela.
Dube was Highlanders secretary under Roger Muhlwa who led the club from 1994 to 1996 and 1998 to 2000.
In 2009, he was nominated together with Elkanah Dube, Mgcini Nkolomi and Justice Nicholas Mathonsi to the board of directors, but turned down the nomination.
Efforts to get a comment from Dube yesterday were fruitless as he said he was attending a funeral. However, the former Bosso secretary has previously indicated he was not interested in the post.
If Dube is going to stand for the chairmanship it would be a tough contest for the Highlanders chairmanship with Ndlela already having confirmed that he will be seeking a new term.
Also confirming his candidature is Bulawayo businessman Mandla Moyo who lost by 20 points to Ndlela in 2009.
Nominations for the Highlanders elections close on January 21 with the posts of chairman, secretary and committee member up for grabs.
Tapela, the incumbent secretary, is also seeking a second term and former manager, Emmett Ndlovu, has since confirmed that he will be putting up his name for that position.
Ndlovu worked with Dube as a medic during the latters term of office and sources say they want to form a team to challenge the Ndlela-Tapela alliance.
The late Highlanders chairman James Mangwana-Tshumas son Jabulani and former club marshal Dingani Sibanda have also said they will be challenging Wisdom Mabhena for the committee members post. Mabhena is also seeking another term.
The Highlanders elections will be held on February 5, a week after the annual general meeting on January 29.
Highlanders began their preparations on Monday under the tutelage of player/assistant coach Bekithemba Ndlovu and will be joined by newly appointed boss Zambian Kevin Kaindu next week.
Under Ndlela the club has managed to reduce some of the clubs debts after sourcing sponsorship from regional banking group BancABC, supermarkets chain Buscod and Bakers Inn.