Mitchell confirms resignation


Zimbabwe Rugby Union (ZRU) general manager Grant Mitchell yesterday confirmed his resignation two years after taking over the post.

Harare Province chairman Sifiso Made has since taken over as the union’s acting general manager.

Mitchel, who became the union’s first general manager during the era of former president Themba Sibanda told NewsDay Sport yesterday he had decided to step down after realising the need to take a different challenge.

“Yes, I have stepped down as union’s general manager. In fact I handed over my resignation last month. I have been the general manager of the union for the past two years and I just felt I needed a new challenge away from administration,” Mitchell told NewsDay Sport.

Mitchell, who is also the head coach at Old Georgians, the Zimbabwe Sevens Rugby development squad, the Goshawks and the Zimbabwe Under-20 conditioning and fitness training coach, said he would continue to be involved in the game.

“My resignation from administration does not mean I won’t be involved in the game anymore. I will still be involved in coaching both at Old Georgians, Goshawks and the national Under-20s as the fitness and conditioning coach,” he said.

John Falkenberg, the ZRU president said they had already found Mitchell’s successor, who would be named at the end of this month.

“We have already identified a new general manager, but we will only be announcing his identity at the end of the month as he is still committed elsewhere. I want to assure all rugby stakeholders that it’s going to be someone with local rugby at heart,” said Falkenberg.

The new general manager will have an immediate task of trying to turn around the fortunes of the union whose accounts, according to the financials released at the association’s annual meeting at the end of January, are in the red.