THE challenger for the Highlanders vice-chairmanship, which will be contested in elections set for Sunday, Longwe Ndlovu, has challenged the status quo at the club by imploring club members to bring on board a candidate that will add value to the Bulawayo giants.
Longwe is challenging incumbent Modern Ngwenya for the second most powerful post in the power corridors at Highlanders Football Club.
He is a farmer and miner in Esigodini.
“Every election season we hear candidates claiming that they will assist the club in securing sponsorship but once in office none of those election promises are fulfilled so it’s time for Highlanders members to consider voting for a candidate that will bring real change to the club.
“Sponsorship deals for the club don’t necessarily have to come from big companies and I have always said that in our capacity as local businessmen, we can harness our resources and assist our beloved club. We have a huge sponsorship deal with NetOne but every dollar donated by local business people goes a long way in assisting the club,” said Ndlovu.
He, however, is not new to controversy.
In 2017 he failed to meet his end of a deal to pay $3 000 to former striker Roderick Mutuma.
The player subsequently dumped the club after six months.
Ndlovu says he had started paying the player, claims that B-Metro Sport could not independently verify as Mutuma could not be reached for a comment.
“I do realise that the Mutuma issue cannot be wished away so I have started the process of paying the player and fulfil the pledge that I made at that time. Highlanders needs men of integrity at the top, men that are dedicated to see the club succeed and I’m counting on the club members to vote wisely on Sunday,” he said.
Two weeks ago, B-Metro Sport spoke to the other candidate Ngwenya who called on the electorate – club members – to consider stability at the Bulawayo giants by voting him in for another three-year term, instead of rocking the boat by making changes to the current executive.