Rovers' players sing the blues

MUTARE - Mutare City Rovers players endured a tough Christmas having gone for three months without receiving their salaries as board room squabbles threaten to destroy the club.

Investigations by the Daily News also indicate the club has delayed holding its Annual General Meeting (AGM) as a cabal in the executive is dragging its feet and resisting an audit of its finances with fears that players’ signing on fees and salaries may have been misappropriated.

“We have gone three months without our salaries and we are still to receive our signing on fees,” a player who requested anonymity said.

Sources also revealed that the chairperson Isdore Bingura, treasurer Victor Gwengwe and Mutare mayor Tatenda Nhamarare, who is the club patron, made unilateral decisions without consulting the rest of the executive.

This has led to the executive splitting into two factions which are now fighting to control the club.

Nhamarare has been blamed for failing to advise the team on Kudakwashe Gurure’s suspension in the FC Platinum match which saw Magusha being docked three points for fielding the winger.

It proved to be a catastrophic blunder as Rovers finished the season on 26 points together with Tsholotsho and were relegated due to a inferior goal difference.

If they had not been docked those three points, Magusha would have finished the season above the relegation zone.

Magusha’s spokesperson Clayton Masekesa confirmed the nonpayment of players’ salaries and their signing on fees.

“Yes it’s true. The treasurer is running around to have the money for the players. We hope that the players will have their monies just after Christmas,” Masekesa said.

However, inside sources said there has been suspicion of gross mismanagement of funds.

“The money for salaries of players has been budgeted for and it was approved. So how come there is no money for the players,” one source said of the municipal police side.

Another source said the chairperson was delaying the AGM due to the mismanagement of funds.

“The chairperson is refusing to hold an AGM because he is protecting the treasurer who is being accused of financial mismanagement. They abused funds together.

“They are also refusing to have an audit. So now the other executive members are now calling for an urgent audit of the finances,” the source said.

Masekesa, however, said the club would soon hold the AGM but could not explain the delay.

“It is normal and a requirement for a professional club like Mutare City Rovers to have an AGM. I hope that the chairman will soon call for that meeting because there are a lot of issues to be discussed and plan the way forward in as far as the progress of the team is concerned,” he said.

He also said the audit would also be done as there was an auditor within the executive.

“Mutare City Rovers is not a circus. We are a professional team. So that audit will be done. We have an auditor within the executive and she will conduct that. It is important to have audits done,” he said.

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