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Highlanders FC meeting flops

by Sikhumbuzo Moyo
27 Oct 2015 at 05:59hrs | Views
A BID by the Highlanders Football Club executive to organise a meeting with the club's former executive committee members on Sunday flopped after only two turned up at the venue. The meeting was supposed to be held at an upmarket lodge in Hillside suburb.

The invitation cards, marked private and confidential and signed by Highlanders' secretary-general Emmett Ndlovu, partly read: "You are invited to a private and confidential meeting on Sunday the 25th of October."

The invitation also indicated that the board would provide a goat for members to braai as well as some snacks.

Sources close to the arrangement said only the club's former secretaries Nhlanhla Bahlangene Dube and Andrew Tapela turned up, but left after a few hours without any discussion taking place when no other former executive committee members showed up.

"It was a flop; we still don't know what the agenda of the meeting was, but I know that former executive members were invited and only two showed up, Nhlanhla and Andrew. I was particularly taken aback when I heard that Ernest Maphepha Sibanda was invited too despite being humiliated and told that he wasn't fit to hold any position in the club at the beginning of the year," said the source.

One of the invited former executive committee members said he could not waste his time attending a meeting whose agenda was not clearly spelt out.

"I had serious issues to attend to, not a meeting that suddenly crops up because of the petition we're hearing about," said the former executive member.

Highlanders are going through one of their worst spells in the club's history and are sitting just above the relegation zone on 11th place with five matches to go to the end of the season.

The present executive has presided over four coaches in two years and chairman Peter Dube shocked the football community last Thursday when he said former coaches Kelvin Kaindu and Bongani Mafu were hounded out of the club by certain people he declined to name. He also alleged that some players were influenced and misled into leaving Highlanders by these very forces he did not name.

"They're the same people who hounded Kaindu out of here; they're the same people who hounded Mafu out of here, and the same people now want to force their own coach here; what's the interest?" Dube said at the club's weekly Press conference.

Source - chronicle