PAMUSHANA High School of Masvingo Province headmaster Johnson Madhuku was on Thursday voted substantive president of the Confederation of Southern Africa Schools Sports Association (Cossasa) at the organisation’s annual general assembly here.
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Madhuku had been acting head of the organization since 2013 when the then incumbent left the teaching field. He will be at the helm until December 2017.
“I am delighted I have been given the mandate of leading the region until December 2017. I look forward to the challenge and I hope since we are the elementary stage of sports development, we will continue to contribute to the growth of sport in the region.
“What is encouraging is that we have become the first schools sport grouping to fall under the Africa Union Sports Council Region. We are now an affiliate of Region 5 and they have promised to help us grow the schools sporting brand,” said Madhuku.
He was retained unopposed with his executive after impressing the assembly with their professionalism. They became the first executive to have audited accounts. He said the last term had its challenges with member associations preferring to come with cash for their fees instead of paying through the banks.
“That on its own presented some challenges. We still encourage member countries to go through the bank. So as often we have had to use that cash for what has to be paid for. Professionalism dictates that the banking system is the way to go and has an ins and outs set up which is good for the accounting of finances especially in a multi-currency environment we are in,” said Madhuku.
Arthur Maphosa of Gwanda High School who attended the assembly meeting as acting Nash president congratulated his National Association of Secondary School Heads boss, Madhuku.
“His executive has done well. They were able to present audited finances. It is a commendable effort by his executive which we believe as a region has done well for schools sport,” said Maphosa.
Cynthia Khumalo the president of the National Association of primary School Heads also congratulated Madhuku.
“We are proud that he has been given another mandate to stay at the helm of schools sport,” said Khumalo of Victoria Falls’ Baobab Primary School.
Madhuku is deputised by Solly Duiker of Namibia who oversees technical matters and Lephahla Retselisitsoe of Lesotho in charge of constitutional matters. The secretary-general’s portfolio stayed with Hilbertine Mbasuva of Namibia.
Janet Kowa of Botswana retained the finances portfolio with Eagile Molelo of Botswana is responsible for marketing. Madhuku said the pressure was now on Zimbabwe to lead by example now that he has been given a fresh mandate.
“The challenge is now on Zimbabwe. They must lead the way in the region in all aspects of schools sport following my re-election. The professionalism seen in me is testimony of their high standards,” said Madhuku.