Gumede sit­u­a­tion high­lights cracks within High­landers

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Ricky Zililo

THE sus­pen­sion of High­landers chief executive of­fi­cer Ndu­miso Gumede could have caused cracks within the Bu­l­awayo gi­ants, fol­low­ing con­tra­dic­tory Press state­ments made by club of­fi­cials.

Last Fri­day, Gumede suc­cess­fully con­tested his dis­missal by the club at the Labour Court and Bosso who were rep­re­sented by board mem­ber Davies Ndu­miso Sibanda, who is also a labour ex­pert, did not ob­ject to the vet­eran foot­ball ad­min­is­tra­tor’s ar­gu­ment say­ing they were act­ing on Zifa in­struc­tion.

Sibanda who was man­dated by the club to han­dle the mat­ter said as High­landers they were not pre­pared to go against the court rul­ing.

“Gumede is back at High­landers in com­pli­ance with the laws of the land which Zifa also sub­scribes to and we’re not pre­pared to break them. If Zifa is ag­grieved they know what to do,” said Sibanda.

How­ever, two days after Sibanda spoke of Gumede’s re­turn to work, the club’s sec­re­tary-gen­eral Em­mett Ndlovu made a dif­fer­ent state­ment dis­tanc­ing the club from the labour ex­pert’s ear­lier re­marks.

Ndlovu said: “The High­landers po­si­tion re­mains the same. The meet­ing we sat as a joint board and executive re­solved to com­ply with a Zifa di­rec­tive. Any­thing else that hap­pens out­side that res­o­lu­tion is not and will never be the po­si­tion of High­landers Foot­ball Club. We don’t want to be at vari­ance with those who run foot­ball in this coun­try.”

High­landers then re­acted by call­ing for a joint board and executive meet­ing which was held on Tues­day evening.

Mgcini Nkolomi, the club’s board chair­man emerg­ing from the meet­ing said all is well at the Bu­l­awayo gi­ants. He said Ndlovu’s “mis­chievous” state­ment does not sig­nal di­vi­sions.

Nkolomi said the club is com­ply­ing with the court or­der to re­in­state Gumede who is on his an­nual leave.

“I want to put the record straight High­landers is an or­gan­ised in­sti­tu­tion with its lead­er­ship prop­erly struc­tured. I just want to put the record straight, I gave Sibanda the man­date to talk to the me­dia about Gumede’s case. He heads an ad hoc com­mit­tee that has him­self, Cos­mas Sikhosana and the act­ing executive chair­man Modern Ng­wenya. Ev­ery­thing Sibanda said was on board. The mis­chievous state­ment said to have been made by the said mem­ber (Ndlovu) is un­for­tu­nate but we didn’t talk about it at the meet­ing be­cause Ndlovu is out of the coun­try. Maybe he was quoted out of con­text and we will wait for him to clar­ify his state­ment. And be­sides, I wouldn’t say that be­cause of the state­ments there are di­vi­sions within the club,” said Nkolomi.

— @ZililoR

Mgcini Nkolomi

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