WHILE their male counterparts are enjoying a new lease of life under Dutch coach Erol Akbay, women football club Highlanders Royals are reeling under administrative and on the field challenges.
From losing on ridiculous score lines of a minimum of 8 goals per game to failing to score in as many matches, things are not looking good for the ladiesa�� team.
The Highlanders Royals administrative side of things is not looking rosy either.
Allegations of infighting and internal squabbles threaten to tear the club apart.
Local businesswoman Caroline Ndlovu recently announced that she and two members are taking over the running of the club on an interim basis elbowing out Sibekiwe Ndlovu whose committee has been running the show.
Caroline claimed she had assumed the role of chairperson and was to be deputised by Esigodini businesswoman Thandiwe Msimanga.
But the purported boardroom a�?coupa�? has suffered a stillbirth.
Highlanders Football Club bosses have not been briefed on the takeover and as things stand know nothing about the new interim committee.
a�?We will deal with the matter when it is brought to our attention,a�? said Highlanders Football Club chairman Peter Dube.
Despite the run of poor results by the ladies Sibekiwe and her committee are credited with working tirelessly to ensure the team fulfill their fixtures and that the ladies are fed before and after matches.
Highlanders Football Club have made it clear they do not have the funds to sponsor Royals.
a�?Please speak to Gumede because Ia��m not sanctioned to speak to the press,a�? said Sibekiwe.
a�?Ita��s not a secret the team has been losing games but the interim committee (led by Sibekiwe) has been working hard to source funds for the smooth running of the team. The team has never failed to fulfill fixtures, the players who are still at school are given transport money to attend training sessions. Ita��s only a matter of time before the team starts winning,a�? said a source privy to the situation at the club.
Chief executive officer Ndumiso Gumede said he has not been briefed on any changes at the Highlanders Royals thus could not comment on hearsay.A� Club vice-chairman Modern Ngwenya whose portfolio the ladies team falls under was not reachable for comment as his mobile phone continuously rang unanswered.
Caroline was said to be out of the country when B-Metro Sport tried contacting her for comment.