Highlanders has been left stranded, as their bid to have chairman, Peter Dube’s suspension lifted has not received a favourable response from the football supreme body, Zifa.
BY SAKHELENI NXUMALO
In his vote of thanks at the conclusion of the Bulawayo giants’ annual general meeting on Sunday, Bosso board member, Jonathan Sayi Moyo, who played a big role in quelling a heated debate on Dube’s suspension by members, who were accusing the Bosso leadership of being inconsiderate of the suspended chairman’s plight, counselled the members to pray for their suspended chairman.
“Many of you are aware that we have got enemies and we shouldn’t play into their hands, but should pray for Dube during this difficult period. We must pray that, in the end, he comes back and leads this institution,” Moyo said.
Ordinary Bosso members had earlier taken their leadership to task over failure to challenge the football mother body over Dube’s suspension alongside the now retired former CEO Gumede last year.
The members could not wait for the issue to be addressed under any other business, where it had been slotted and immediately started firing away at the club leadership at the conclusion of board chairman, Mgcini Nkolomi’s report.
Nkolomi’s admission that they had tried to engage Zifa in writing on two separate occasions, but were yet to receive any response, was met with derision by Bosso life member, Ellington Nsingo who said: “It’s sad that the board chairman, the board and executive sat down and agreed that Highlanders should remain without a chairman after our chairman was suspended over PSL issues. Why should we keep trusting you? We want our chairman back when the season gets underway.”
Meanwhile, Highlanders’ net gate-takings tumbled by almost $7 000 in the 2016 season compared to the previous year.
The Bulawayo football giants realised $120 476 in gate-takings in 2016, which is $6 411 less than what they got in 2015.
The club remained stuck in debt, as they finished the year just below $800 000.
That the debt did not balloon further came as good news for the club, who held their annual general meeting at the weekend.
The club lost almost $22 000 in fines over hooliganism.
Bosso will be looking for more partners to try and augment the $200 000 sponsorship package they have been promised by their principal sponsor, BancABC.
The Highlanders membership passed a resolution for the club to appoint a new chief executive officer to replace Ndumiso Gumede by March 31.
While the club is in financial dire straits, they resolved that the new CEO should be able to source funding that will help cater for salaries.