A dark horse has cropped up for the much hyped Highlanders elections with Bulawayo businessman Donald Ndebele having submitted his nomination papers on Saturday to challenge Andrew Tapela in the race for the executive secretarys post on February 5.
The contest had appeared to be a two-man race between Tapela, who has since confirmed seeking a second term, and former medic and team manager Emmet Ndlovu. however, Ndebele, a Highlanders life member, yesterday confirmed to NewsDay Sport that he had lodged his nomination papers.
I submitted my papers yesterday (Saturday), but for more lets wait for the electoral court, Ndebele said yesterday.
Sources told this publication Ndebele picked up his papers an hour before the deadline for submission after making
up his mind following arduous pushing from some members of the Highlanders family.
According to the sources, Ndebele has been a life member at Highlanders since the 1990s and once worked for the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority before venturing into his own business of selling vehicle parts in the city.
The electoral court, appointed by the board, sits today for the verification process and aspiring candidates have to be recommended by one club member and his papers have to be endorsed by 10 authentic members of the club.
If the electoral court approves Ndebeles candidature and that of Ndlovu, then the race will be a tough contest this year.
Former team manager Jerry Sibanda, whose name had been tossed around for the secretary-generals post last Friday said he was not contesting and is reportedly eyeing the treasurers post held by Odiel Nkomo in the next years elections.
The executive chairman, executive secretary and the committee members posts are up for grabs in this years elections.
Former Highlanders secretary Peter Dube and city businessman Mandla Moyo await the electoral courts nod as they seek to topple sitting chairman Themba Ndlela for the hot seat.
The committee members post held by Wisdom Mabhena, who is also seeking another term, has more contestants in Jabulani Mangwana-Tshuma, Dingani Sibanda, Charles Moyo and Njabulo Bango having reportedly lodged their nomination papers.
Candidates who will pass the verification process today will be paraded at the annual general meeting on Sunday.