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Bosso laptop plea attracts backlash

by Staff reporter
07 Jul 2022 at 07:59hrs | Views
HIGHLANDERS say they are moving to comply with Fifa club licensing requirements by equipping their staff with the latest working equipment, hence the club's appeal for a laptop for the chief executive officer.

Bosso secretary Morgan Dube requested club members to contribute towards the purchase of the laptop, prompting mixed reactions from fans and members of the public.

While Bosso insisted the circular was meant only for club members, most felt it was an embarrassment for the club to seek assistance to buy a single laptop for a club of its calibre.

Highlanders did not only face the wrath of supporters, but also many in the country ridiculed the club for what many termed a shocking stunt.

Memes and jokes were created from the circular to the extent that the club could not ignore the backlash.

"Fine, it's one letter that leaked which was targeted to a specific group of members, but we are in touch with a lot of groups and members who are the key stakeholders of the club.

Even if Highlanders was to have a trillion-dollar sponsorship, we will still go back to the members to give them that sense of responsibility and ownership of the club.

"What I want to clarify is that we are not looking for one laptop.

We are not looking for a laptop for an individual.

We are looking for laptops for the office and the coaches included," said chief executive officer Ronald Moyo.

"We are looking for laptops and equipment for our marketing and media team and even our security team.

We can't have all these people using their personal equipment.

In the event that they leave the club, we will need those records.

So, we are saying the best way to do things is to have our staff using office equipment so that the club has ownership and is able to keep records.

"For the record, everyone in the office has their own personal gadgets which they are using for office work which should not be the case.

That is why we went to the members, who are the owners of the club, to seek their assistance in that regard," said Moyo.

The club later released a statement saying it wanted to comply with Fifa club licensing requirements by equipping staff members with sufficient tools to perform their duties effectively.

"Highlanders seek to achieve this through approaching different corporates and its members, who are the owners of this great club.

The general feeling within the institution is that such initiatives cannot be carried out without involving members and fans, as it might take away the sense of belonging and ownership from the community that prides itself for being the key stakeholders of the institution.

"The objective of the campaign is to equip all of the club's offices that also include the finance, communications and marketing, security and loss control, entities management offices, and the technical teams across levels ranging from the youth teams, women's team to the senior men's team.

The process has been ongoing and has already equipped some departments.

"We would also like to take this opportunity to emphasise that the club is not sourcing this equipment for individuals, but for specific offices of the club.

Therefore, all corporates, members, supporters and individuals are free to assist the club achieve its modernisation objective," the statement reads.

Meanwhile, Dingani Bookshop and Stationery donated a laptop for use by the Bosso CEO yesterday.

The company also promised to give players a discount if they buy from the bookshop.

Source - The Chronicle
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