Tobias Mandoreba in Hwange
HWANGE Football Club has appointed Butholezwe Dube as the new chairman with immediate effect.
Dube, who is the safety, health and environmental quality manager at Hwange Colliery, replaces Joseph Zulu, who had been at the helm of the coalminers’ executive for the past two years.
Club president Thomas Makore made the announcement yesterday in a memorandum addressed to all employees and the supporters club.
“I have the pleasure to announce the new Hwange FC management structures with Butholezwe Dube as the chairman of the executive committee. May everyone afford them maximum support in the execution of their duties,” said Makore in the memo.
Innocent Tshuma is new vice-chairman in a structure that also has former Chipangano players Stanley Nkomo and Chabuka Mwale in the technical committee.
The finance portfolio will be headed by Lovemore Dube, a financial controller within the company’s estates department.
Local indigenous entrepreneurs that have demonstrated a huge passion for football in the town, Ozias Taruvinga and Kenny Sambo are also part of the committee in the projects and marketing portfolios respectively.
Taruvinga is a director at Technosphere Energy Services, a contractor at Hwange Power Station, while Sambo runs motor spares businesses in Hwange and Victoria Falls.
Hwange supporters chairman Maybin Dizomba welcomed the appointments.
“As supporters we accept these changes and we will fully support the new office bearers. We will play our part to support the drive to make Hwange more successful through boosting our membership base as we have started setting up sub committees in each township with this exercise set to spread to other towns,” said Dizomba.
“This is part of a massive membership recruitment drive to ensure supporters also contribute financially towards the welfare of players. This season we want to make players feel at home and avoid losing players every year. This thing of acting as a training centre for other clubs should end through sufficient player motivation,” he said.
Club administrator Khumbulani Mbano will continue as head of the club’s secretariat.
Efforts to talk to Dube were fruitless as he was reportedly busy with issue of players’ contracts for the better part of yesterday.