Ikope wins HMCA poll

HARARE - Harare Metropolitan Cricket Association (HMCA) chairmanship changed hands for the first time in 11 years after Glenshire Cricket Club’s Enock Ikope was elected the new board chairman on Saturday.

The victorious Ikope polled 13 votes together with Claudius Mukandiwa of Uprising Cricket Club while Denford Kumundati also from Glenshire managed 10 votes.

Rajan Nayer, ZC board member who represents Old Hararians got seven votes, while the Takashinga duo of Blessing Ngondo and Tafadzwa Madhoro summed up the top six candidates to form the new board.

“We were selected by the people so this is a board for the people by the people,” said Ikope.

“We will always stand guided by the people that we represent wherever decisions to do with the governing of the local game are concerned.”

Former chairman, Cyprian Mandenge who had held the chairman position since 2004 failed to make it past the nomination court.

Mandenge alleged that the electoral process was “flawed”.

The former Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) board member and current Zimbabwe national rugby XVs coach had initially ruled out participating in the elections before making a sudden change of mind.

“I was not too keen to contest in the elections this time around but only submitted my papers after being nominated by my club, Old Malvernians,” Mandenge told the Daily News yesterday.

“I was told at the elections that I didn’t have any proven experience in sport administration whose basic entry was five years.

“I have set on the ZC board for eight years, spent 12 years on the HMCA board of which 10 of those was the board chairman.

“I strongly feel that the nomination court should have released the names of successful applicants well in advance to entertain queries from those unsuccessful members but that was not the case.”

He however, said he would do everything possible to help the current board achieve its intended targets for the better development of the game in the province.

However, an insider with the nomination court said Mandenge omitted some vital documents in the papers he filed.

“It was the minor things that discredited him from participating. For instance he forgot to attach a reference letter from his club which means that he wasn’t representing any club,” said the source.

“All candidates are required to be coming from at least a club within the HMCA. Should he, however, had secured the letter in question, OMs owed the association affiliation fees and only paid on the day of elections which means that they had no voting rights but were just mere observers.”

Comments (1)

How does a national rugby team coach have time to serve on Cricket Board?

Kunta - 26 May 2015

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