HOCKEY Association of Zimbabwe (HAZ) president Mark Manolios has stepped down citing business commitments, just a few weeks before the men and women’s teams leave for South Africa for the African Olympic qualifiers to be held from October 23 to November 1 at Randburg Stadium.
BY FORTUNE MBELE
His deputy Humphrey Chigwedere takes over after he was elevated to the presidency by the general assembly in Bulawayo last weekend.
Manolios bounced back to hockey when he was voted president last year in September at an annual general meeting (AGM) at Gateway High School in Harare taking over from Gavin Stephens.
“The president resigned on September 20 citing business commitments,” Chigwedere confirmed on Sunday.
“The general assembly then appointed me as president during the AGM in Bulawayo last week. There were two options to, either call for an elective special general meeting or to just elevate the deputy since we are going to the African Hockey Federation elective congress in South Africa on October 31 and we need to have a substantive president there. I was elevated to the presidency,” Chigwedere said.
Manolios’ resignation came less than three weeks before the national hockey teams leave for South Africa on October 20.
Haz has set a budget of the $30 000 for the Africa Olympic qualifiers.
The teams for the qualifiers were selected during the HAZ Cup that was held at Khumalo Hockey Stadium in Bulawayo on September 26-27.
Women: Jordyn Clipstone (USA) -goalkeeper, Jaime Hasbroek (Sunrise)-goalkeeper, Sarah Evans, Jenna Palmer, Jessica Dollar, Aime Brooke (Chelsea Drifters), Stephanie Campbell (South Africa), Kelly Kaulback, Aimee Nativel (South Africa), Chantelle Zietsman, Jessica Hilton-Barber, Michelle Williams, Simone Karim, Mitchel Mullins (Bulawayo Athletic Club), Roxy Viviers (Sunrise), Audrey Mangwende (Hippo Valley), Iman Johnson (Harmony Rainbow), Kelly Diplock (Scorpions)
Reserves: Runyararo Chadzinya (Hippo Valley), Melissa Sibanda, Rashmi Bhagat (Bulawayo Athletic Club), Kelly Hinze (Scorpions)
Coach: Eddie Chiringah
Manageress: Collen Nativel
Men: Tinavo Mushavi, Pritchard Matambo, Cydreck Starch, Donald Mutupo, Tendayi Maredza Matthew Williams, Ranga Mungwiniri, Arnold Mpofu, (Hippo Valley) Tapiwa Mafi (Enthusiasts), Neil Davidson, Peter Trethowan, Michael Richards (Bulawayo Vikings), Rowland Rixon-Fuller (UK), Takudzwa Mangwendeza (RSA), Edwin Tholanah (Bulawayo Hockey Club), Warick Ullrich (RSA), Takudzwa Chipuma (Eradicators), Dominic Ashely (Falcon College)
Reserves: Esau Mufandaedza, Kanyiwe Tapfuma (Hippo Valley), Kudzanayi Tembo (Enthusiasts), Prosper Sithole (RSA), Sibo Mangena (Rams),Thamsy Moyo (Bulawayo Hockey Club)
Coaches: Collin Williams, Tongayi Mukwewa
Manager: Kalpesh Parshotam