ZC demotes Makoni

HARARE – The chickens have finally come home to roost for GivemoreMakoni who has been demoted from convener of selectors and redeployed to development and club cricket.

Makoni’s position has been a contentious issue since former Sports minister David Coltart through the Sports and Recreation Commission issued a widely debated directive to all national sports associations regarding appointment of national selectors.

The directive stated: “no person shall be appointed as a selector unless they have represented Zimbabwe in the particular sport.”

It was premised on the fact that many national team players are more likely to respect and accept hard selection decisions made by people who have achieved at the highest level in that particular sport.

It, however, drew condemnation and inflammatory statements from a wide section of Zimbabweans most of whom lacked international experience in their given sports.

None was more vocal than Makoni who claimed the directive had some racist motive since many blacks were disenfranchised from playing at the highest level due to segregation laws prevailing in then Rhodesia. 

However, two years after the dust has settled on the directive issued on February 1, 2013, ZC appears to be implementing that instruction.

“Zimbabwe Cricket is continuing with its restructuring exercise to enhance the performance of the national team,” ZC said in a statement.

“The exercise has now led to a review of the ZC executive structure, leading to the setting up of three distinct units which will be led by directors who will carry out the main functions of the organisation under the direction of chief executive officer Wilfred Mukondiwa.

“The departments are: finance and administration which is under Ester Chagadama-Lupepe, International and Domestic (First Class) Cricket and Commercial Affairs under former Zimbabwe captain Alistair Campbell and Development and Club Cricket under GivemoreMakoni, who has been promoted from his post of Mountaineers franchise administrator.”

“Makoni is one of the longest serving ZC employees. He was involved with grassroots cricket…before joining ZC on a full-time basis and serving as a provincial administrator, national team manager, convener of selector and franchise executive.”

Former first-class player Kenyon Ziehl has been tipped to replace Makoni.

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