Byo City’s Sibanda gagged

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

BU­L­AWAYO City FC chair­man Jerry Sibanda has been gagged, a first in lo­cal foot­ball where club chair­per­sons gen­er­ally com­ment on club is­sues.

Vice-chair­man Zenzo Moyo and act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Macken­zie Moyo will in­stead han­dle all me­dia queries per­tain­ing to the club, with the for­mer re­stricted to com­ment­ing on dis­ci­plinary is­sues only.

How­ever, Bu­l­awayo City board chair­man Si­bon­iso Khumalo told Chron­i­cle Sport yes­ter­day that he was not aware of these de­vel­op­ments and said he would seek clar­ity from Sibanda.

“The club chair­man is in charge of the team; we can say he is the ‘owner’. He re­ports to the board, while the sec­re­tariat re­ports to the club ex­ec­u­tive led by Jerry,” said Khumalo.

Bu­l­awayo City FC re­leased a state­ment on Wed­nes­day orig­i­nat­ing from sec­re­tary Ho­race Ndu­biwa say­ing the move to re­strict the num­ber of of­fi­cials that talk to the me­dia was meant to “en­able the club to com­mu­ni­cate with all its stake­hold­ers and in par­tic­u­lar the me­dia fra­ter­nity, in a more or­gan­ised and clearly de­fined man­ner go­ing for­ward”.

“In this re­gard, it has been re­solved that in or­der for the me­dia to get max­i­mum co­op­er­a­tion and as ac­cu­rate and fac­tual in­for­ma­tion as is pos­si­ble, the fol­low­ing club per­son­nel be re­spon­si­ble for and are hereby man­dated to en­gage and com­mu­ni­cate on club is­sues,” reads the state­ment.

Act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Moyo will deal with all ad­min­is­tra­tive mat­ters per­tain­ing to the club, and ac­cord­ing to the state­ment, these will in­clude any fi­nan­cial mat­ters, re­cruit­ment and se­lec­tion, con­trac­tual obli­ga­tions and is­sues re­lat­ing to PSL or Zifa.

Chair­man of the dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee Zenzo Moyo will en­ter­tain and com­ment on any dis­ci­plinary is­sues that af­fect the club and that are be­ing han­dled by his com­mit­tee.

Act­ing head coach Try Ncube will com­ment on all tech­ni­cal mat­ters, pre and post match in­ter­views, while it has been agreed that play­ers will not give any in­ter­views with­out the per­mis­sion of the team man­ager, ac­cord­ing to the state­ment.

Khumalo said the club will have a sub­stan­tive chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer be­fore the start of the 2017 sea­son.

“We will soon be ad­ver­tis­ing for the post. Macken­zie was put there in an act­ing ca­pac­ity since he was also a coun­cil em­ployee who un­der­stands coun­cil is­sues,” said Khumalo.

Jerry Sibanda

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