HIGHLANDERS’ nomination process for an executive vice chairman and treasurer closes on Saturday 23 January for submission of nomination forms ahead of the elections that will be held a week after the club’s annual general meeting.The annual general meeting will be held on January 31.
Harare-based Mgcini Sibhalo Mpofu is incumbent vice-chairman while city businessman Donald Ndebele holds the treasurer post after he was co-opted last year following the resignation of Jerry Sibanda. Sibanda was recalled by his employers Bulawayo City Council, to chair their football team, Bulawayo City, which was then playing in the Southern Region Division One League.
Ndebele had lost to Emmett Ndlovu in the contest for the position of Highlanders secretary-general at the start of 2015 and later co-opted when Sibanda relinquished the post.
City, under the mentorship of Philani “Beefy” Ncube, has since gained promotion into the country’s elite football league.
Mpofu and Ndebele confirmed that they will seek re-election and the former is set to get a stern challenge from flamboyant businessman Modern Sikhuthele Ngwenya who ironically is also based in Harare and seems to be eager to bring about transformation at Highlanders.
Ngwenya’s 10-point manifesto includes, among other things, assisting the club in strengthening supporters’ chapters, mobilising financial support for Highlanders especially in Harare, helping the youth development programmes at the club, playing a part in fortifying the secretariat and adding value by availing himself whenever required and back the revival of women’s football at the 90-year-old institution.
Ngwenya, who is also the Highlanders Harare supporters chapter chairman, vows that he will ensure a rapid embrace of technology to improve efficiency and effectiveness of communication for speedy decision making.
The 43-year-old businessman and entrepreneur says he has access to captains of industry especially in Harare, and will harness those to create strategic relationships in an effort to convince them to either sponsor or make donations to the Highlanders cause. Ngwenya is convinced that because he is young, vibrant, a self starter, successful and innovative he will become Peter Dube’s deputy come early next month. Ngwenya states that he had hosted Highlanders in Harare on numerous occasions using his personal funds.
Last year, Ngwenya assisted Highlanders buy left back Julius Daudi out of his contract with a Namibian club FNB XI which enabled the player to receive his reverse international clearance certificate. This was after then Bosso coach Bongani Mafu was impressed by the player who, however, made cameo roles in the team the whole of last season.
Mpofu, who had initially decided not to go for a second and final term in the same post due to business commitments, has opted to defend his position. An information and technology specialist who also has interests in mining, Mpofu has been convinced by fellow executive members to seek an extension of his stay within the Highlanders decision making strcutures.
Kenneth Mhlophe, the owner of Nokel Security, has also confirmed he is gunning for the vice chairman’s position. The 59-year-old retired colonel believes that he is ripe and ready to occupy a post at Highlanders.
Another Bosso vice chairmanship hopeful Nkosinathi Ncube (46) who played for the club’s junior teams, is looking to prove true the adage ‘third time lucky” as he has failed in his two previous attempts to land the illustrious post.
In his manifesto Ncube said if elected into office his first port of call would be to engage successful corporates for public partnership saying this was exactly what the club needed at the moment.