2014 Malaysia/Sin­ga­pore tour haunts HAZ

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Sikhum­buzo Moyo Se­nior Sports Re­porter

THE con­tro­ver­sial 2014 Malaysia/Sin­ga­pore tour by the Zim­babwe Un­der-19 boys’ team con­tin­ues to haunt the Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion of Zim­babwe (Haz) and there are now calls for the re­cently elected ex­ec­u­tive to bring to book of­fi­cials be­hind that tour.

Al­le­ga­tions of abuse of funds have since emerged with a travel agent al­legedly still owed $19 000 by the as­so­ci­a­tion un­der un­clear cir­cum­stances.

Pre­sent­ing his key note ad­dress as out­go­ing pres­i­dent of Haz at the as­so­ci­a­tion’s elec­tive an­nual gen­eral meet­ing at Chisip­ite Se­nior School in Harare on Satur­day, Humphrey Chig­wedere said while the state of hockey in the coun­try was en­cour­ag­ing, it was the 2014 dilemma that painted a dark side of the game.

“It has not been well in the School Boys As­so­ci­a­tion ever since the con­tro­ver­sial Malaysian/Sin­ga­pore tour of 2014 which was poorly or­gan­ised, mal-ad­min­is­tered and un­pro­fes­sion­ally ac­counted for.

“This has cost some in­no­cent boys an op­por­tu­nity to take part in in­ter­na­tional matches and win­ning their de­served na­tional colours. It is hoped that the in­com­ing com­mit­tee will try and as­sist the schools to re­solve this is­sue and bring to book those who may have mis­ap­pro­pri­ated pub­lic funds. I say so be­cause to date a travel agent is still owed close to $19 000 from that tour.

“Our ef­forts have yielded no re­sult be­cause the lead­ers of the tour do not co-op­er­ate with any in­quiry,” said Chig­wedere.

He said be­sides the Malaysian/Sin­ga­pore tour de­ba­cle, the state of hockey in the coun­try was gen­er­ally pleas­ing as player reg­is­tra­tion grew by 42 per­cent this year.

“How­ever, the na­tional league did not func­tion prop­erly in 2016. Our in­ter­provin­cial tour­na­ments were poorly at­tended but the schools suc­cess­fully ful­filled their fix­tures and I am aware that some hockey fes­ti­vals at schools’ level were held through­out the coun­try in 2016 once again,” Chig­wedere said.

Mean­while, Grant Camp­bell was elected un­op­posed as the new Haz pres­i­dent, while the post of vi­cepres­i­dent is still va­cant.

Sarah Ben­net and Gavin Stephens were re­tained as hon­orary sec­re­tary and trea­surer re­spec­tively.

The new ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee mem­bers are Vir­ginia Ross, Maxwell Maku­vise, Prince Mwale and Kalpesh Parshotam.

The com­mit­tee will be in charge for the next two years in line with the Haz con­sti­tu­tion.

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