The Herald (Harare)

24 January 2013

Zimbabwe: Dynamos Speak On Secretary-General

DYNAMOS' board of directors are not in a hurry to appoint a new secretary-general to replace Raymond Kazembe and will next month review the performance of club vice-chairman Webster

Chikengezha, who is currently holding fort in that portfolio.

Chikengezha has been doubling up duties at Dynamos following Kazembe's departure in December.

However speculation had been rife that the Dynamos board of directors who are responsible for appointing the executive committee members would in the next few days name a new and substantive secretary-general.

But Chris Kasiyazi, secretary to the board of directors, yesterday revealed that the Dynamos founding fathers would only be reviewing the position of secretary-general in the executive committee within the next three weeks.

DeMbare were plunged into a near crisis at the end of last year when Kazembe, credited with bringing a professional touch, resigned from the demanding post to focus more on his business.

Spirited efforts to persuade Kazembe to reconsider his decision failed to yield fruit even as the trio of acting board chairman Freddie Mkwesha, and board members Bernard Marriot and Rob Rundaba paid glowing tribute to the businessman "for a job well done".

Kazembe has since completed the hand-over take over procedures leaving Chikengezha to assume the post, albeit on a caretaker basis.

Kasiyazi said while they note that the secretary's position is the focal point for the institution, the club's founding fathers feel that Chikengezha has done well so far in that caretaker capacity.

"At the present moment, the person who is holding the position in an acting capacity will continue to do so.

"We are going to review his (Chikengezha) performance.

"So far he has done very well," said Kasiyazi.

Kasiyazi hinted that already there is some jockeying by people who want to be considered for the vacancy.

However, the Dynamos fathers, Kasiyazi also said, would not be tempted to make irrational decisions in selecting a substantive secretary-general.

"There is need to appoint people with clout for the positions that maybe vacant.

"At the moment we are looking at the potential candidates and we should have between two to three weeks to look at them.

"I believe there is no need for us to hurry and fill the post and this is still off-season anyway," said Kasiyazi.

For the past two seasons, Dynamos managed to win the Castle Lager Premiership title and the Mbada Diamonds Cup, a situation that has also been attributed to the stability and unity within the leadership.

Kasiyazi said they were aware of underhand campaigning that had been taking place for the key Dynamos post.

"In two or three weeks, we will review what needs to be done.

"As we are looking at the suitable candidates, there are some people who are positioning themselves.

"Yes, we see some people are campaigning for the position but we need the best candidate for the job.

"We are looking at people from a distance".

Because of the stability at the club, Kasiyazi is confident that Dynamos would remain an attractive football brand.

The clubs enjoys sponsorship from bankers BancABC who pay the players' salaries while DeMbare have for years been the league's cash cow from the turnstiles.

Chikengezha has been busy negotiating with players for new contracts after assuming the key duties, among them signing up new players and overseeing the preparations for the Champions League.

"We believe in stability of the team and this is why we would rather try out the vice-chairman, who is within the executive for the secretary's post than bring in a new person into the system.

"The board will take its time to select the right candidate," said Kasiyazi.

But as the board heads-hunt for a suitable secretary-general, Kasiyazi who said they were happy with chairman Kenny Mubaiwa and his management team added that they are also aware that some hawks maybe lurking to cause problems in the team.

"We do not think that Chikengezha would be overwhelmed by holding the two portfolios.

"So far he has done well and if need be, one of the committee members can also come in and assist.

"There is need for oneness in the executive committee and I am quite aware about some sharks out there who want to come and cause problems.

"At the moment most of the players are now available and the preparations are on course.

"The initial idea was to camp outside the capital but now they have been changes," said Kasiyazi.

Dynamos face Lesotho Correctional Services in the preliminary round of the Champions League and are hoping to engage South Africa's Mamelodi Sundowns in a high profile international friendly next month.

They will also face bitter local rivals Highlanders in the two-legged Bob 89 Super Cup, with the first of the clashes against Bosso coming in a week before they plunge into Champions League battle.

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