Hunt for Zifa CEO still on

Zim face up­hill bat­tle to save Test PSL threaten to go to court

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Ricky Zililo Sikhum­buzo Moyo

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

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