Mandenge to step down

HARARE - Cyprian Mandenge, the long-service chairman of the Harare Metropolitan Cricket Association (HMCA), says he will not seek re-election at next month's provincial board elections. The elections will be held at Harare Sports Club.

The Old Malvernians (OMs) club member said it was in the best interest of the game that he steps aside to allow people with new and fresh ideas to take over.

“This year being the election year of all the provincial association boards as well as the national Zimbabwe Cricket board elections, HMCA will hold its elections through a Special General Meeting on May 15,” Mandenge told the Daily News yesterday.

“I won't put my name forward for nomination because I feel I have played my part in the game and for progress’ sake it would augur well if we could have people with refreshing ideas to Harare game to a new level.”

Mandenge, who is also the Zimbabwe national rugby XVs team coach, has been at the helm of HMCA since 2004.

In his 11-year-stint, Mandenge said it was unfortunate that his service was misconstrued as an “unholy alliance” with the country’s cricket governing body, Zimbabwe Cricket.

“Unless, I’m nominated by anyone outside the club that I serve, OMs, I will not seek re-election,” he said.

“I will continue to fight from within for the emancipation of the game because I believe at the moment there’s no progress happening in our game of our cricket.

“Until we have sports people who have the love and passion for the game sitting in authoritative boards, we will not go anywhere.

“How do you justify someone sitting in the board just because he is a headmaster of some school somewhere out there yet he doesn’t know anything to do with the cricket?

“During my tenure as HMCA chairperson, I would pick fights with ZC at national level but lacked support from the people that I represented, who would end up labelling me as an outcast.

“I was caught in between a rock and a hard place and I asked myself if it was really worth the insult?”

Mandenge added that he would be interested in the complete development of the game in the whole country and not just for Harare.

“We need a holistic transformation of the game across the country and this can only be achieved by having all provincial boards speaking with one voice,” he said.

“This shouldn’t be left for Harare and Bulawayo alone, everyone should be involved but you find out that all these other boards will be quiet because they have their people undeservingly sitting in the top boards hence they are not affected in any way.”

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