Hunt for Zifa CEO still on
Zim face uphill battle to save Test PSL threaten to go to court
IN isolation, the final session on day three at Harare Sports Club yesterday was among Zimbabwe’s best in the series.
They attacked, bowled with purpose and intensity to remove four Sri Lankan wickets. But conceding a 232-run lead due to series of injudicious shots against spin, meant they were left to play catch up yet again. Sri Lanka, who went into stumps on 102 for 4, had opened up a 334-run lead with two full days remaining.
Barring spells of torrential rain that hit the region prior to the start of the series, Zimbabwe will be faced with yet another uphill battle to save the Test. That 108.1 overs are the most they’ve batted in the fourth innings in their history indicates the magnitude of the task that awaits them. With 180 overs left in the Test, there’s every chance they could be left to script a new record, even if it may seem unlikely, given their travails against Rangana Herath’s left-arm spin. THE hunt for a substantive Zifa general secretary hit a snag after the national association’s leadership failed to agree on a name from the six shortlisted candidates interviewed a fortnight ago.
The Zifa human resources committee chaired by the association’s vice-president Omega Sibanda and also consists of Martin Kweza, Judah Tshuma, Patrick Hill and Lovemore Matikinyidze interviewed the candidates on October 28.
Among the six candidates shortlisted from more than 15 people that applied for the post left vacant after Jonathan Mashingaidze’s contract expired on April 1 were Kenneth Makhanya, Eric Mvududu, Eliah Zvimba and acting Zifa general secretary Joseph Mamutse.
However, Sibanda has scoffed at rumours that they are at loggerheads over whom to give the job despite failing to announce results of the interviews.
“The hunt for the Zifa CEO is still on. There are a couple of issues that we’re looking at before announcing the new chief executive officer. Remember, the association’s general secretary position is a big post and as such we have to make sure that the best candidate that can effectively bring positive change is hired,” Sibanda said.
“The human resources committee, which I chair, is made up of competent human resources managers, who work for big companies and will come up with the best decision that will help Zifa. It’s not true that we’re at loggerheads and that is the thinking of people who don’t want to see good work prevailing.”
Sources had said Makhanya, a former National
— Batsman after batsman played for turn when there being at its best for batting, Zimbabwe, resuming on was none. While some like Craig Ervine and Brian 126 for 2, had an opportunity to grind Sri Lanka’s Chari were out lbw, others like Malcolm Waller and bowlers and eat into the deficit. But if there was a Graeme Cremer were beaten in flight and out to lesson on how not to approach spin to be learnt, expansive drives. One wicket was all it took for doubts Zimbabwe’s first-innings effort was a case-in point. to creep into the batsmen’s minds as a measured Their only semblance of resistance came late on approach at the start of proceedings gave way to the second day when Ervine and Chari made halfcenturies. attempts to throw the bowlers off. Once their 117-run stand was broken early
Herath, benefited the most from this approach as on the third morning by Lakmal, who had him poking he finished with 5 for 89 to become just the third to the slips, Zimbabwe collapsed in a heap, losing bowler after Muttiah Muralitharan and Dale Steyn their last five wickets for 19 to be bowled out for 272 to pick up five-wicket hauls against all Test nations. midway through the second session. But to just give Herath all the credit for Zimbabwe’s Sri Lanka started their second innings shakily downfall wouldn’t be doing justice to his teammates. against a fired up attack. Carl Mumba showed Dilruwan Perera, the offspinner, exploited the rough significant recovery from a knee trouble that forced to pick three wickets, while right-arm seamer Suranga him to hobble off the field early on the first day. He Lakmal had two. All the bowlers were supported by an bent his back and hustled the batsman for pace, the agile slip cordon that hung on to tough chances. reward for which came in the form of Kusal Mendis,
The day began with much promise. With the surface who top-edged a pull to mid-on. Football Association of Swaziland (NFAS) chief executive officer and ex-Mamelodi Sundowns general manager, and current South African National First Division side Black Leopards’ general manager was ruled out because of age.
It had been alleged that Makhanya, who is almost 60 years, was about to reach retirement age.
A source said Zifa president Philip Chiyangwa is yet to be convinced on the candidature of ex-Dynamos treasurer Mvududu, who works for Zesa, Mamutse and Zvimba, the former Zimbabwe Professional Cricketers Association chief executive officer.
“The human resources committee, which had been assigned to interview candidates, submitted their recommendations to the president (Chiyangwa), who is yet to
Kaushal Silva, the opener, and first-innings centurion Dhananjaya de Silva were out to juicy full tosses. Upul Tharanga, fighting to stay in contention for a middle order berth for South Africa after a century and half-century here, played all around a Cremer delivery that spun back in to trap him leg before wicket.
Dimuth Karunaratne, guilty of frittering away a start in the first innings, overcame patches of discomfort against the away-going deliveries, to bring up a halfcentury. He helped Asela Gunaratne, coming off a maiden Test ton in the first innings, see off a nervous last 20 minutes as Sri Lanka stretched ahead despite a top order wobble, courtesy the efforts of their 38-year old captain.
Sri Lanka 504 and 100 for 4 (Karunaratne 53*, Gunaratne 5*, Mumba 3-31) lead Zimbabwe 272 (Chari 80, Ervine 64, Williams 58, Herath 5-89) by 333 runs. — ESPNCricinfo respond. According to the Zifa constitution, Chiyangwa may propose the appointment of the general secretary of which the executive committee has a right to reject or approve. From what I hear, Chiyangwa wants the net cast wider before their (human resources committee) recommendations are taken into consideration,” said the source. Article 37.3 of the Zifa constitution reads: “Only the president may propose the appointment or dismissal of the general secretary which shall be approved by the executive committee.” In an advertisement flighted in August, Zifa indicated that it was looking for a person in possession of a commercial degree or relevant sports management degree, while an MBA would be an added advantage. The duties of the general secretary include implementing decisions passed by the Zifa congress and the executive committee, organising meetings for the congress, executive committee, standing committees and secretarial services. The person is also expected to lead budget formulation and control. — @ZililoR THE Premier Soccer League have threatened to drag Zifa to the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) if the national association continues to insist on four teams being relegated.
In a 28-page document addressed to Zifa president Philip Chiyangwa, the PSL questions the wisdom of changing the relegation format with just two games to go. A September 2015 Zifa Assembly agreed to relegate two teams and promote the same number after play-offs involving winners of the four Zifa regional Division One leagues.
However, Zifa councillors voted to dump the 2015 resolution and instead relegate four sides from the PSL and promote four in a chaotic meeting last month.
The document, authored by top Harare lawyer Lewis Uriri, who is also the Caps United chairman, wants promotion or relegation put on hold this year if Zifa insists on four teams going.
“The PSL is content with play-offs that will see two teams coming in and the same number relegated so the strongly worded letter wants to make it clear that it will not accept anything else, but if Zifa wants four teams relegated then that will be for next year not this year. If Zifa plays bully, then the matter will be taken to the highest sports court, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Zurich, Switzerland,” said a source.
With almost all the four regional First Division leagues about to end, Zifa is yet to come up with a clear position.
In 2002, Zifa meddled in the affairs of Zimbabwe Saints, who were subsequently relegated, but Chikwata refused to play in Division One and instead took their matter CAS, which ruled that the club must remain in the Premiership.
Sean Williams drives through the off side in a Test match against Sri Lanka in Harare yesterday. AFP