The imminent changes will see Bosso abolishing either its board or executive committee to remain with one centre of power. In the proposed new set up, Highlanders will have one management committee made up of about five or six members voted in by the club’s members.
Reporting on a strategic meeting held with former executive chairpersons and secretary-generals at a Bulawayo lodge last Sunday, Highlanders’ board chairman Mgcini Nkolomi said the club cannot be sustained by the current model.
The self introspection meeting was attended by members of the present board and executive committee, former chairman Roger Muhlwa, ex-secretary-generals Horace Ndubiwa, Andrew Tapela and Nhlanhla Bahlangene Dube.
Former Bosso chairman and incumbent Premier Soccer League chief executive officer Kennedy Ndebele attended the meeting in his capacity as a Fifa instructor and took the participants through a Fifa Club Licensing presentation.
“If we were to adopt the Fifa structure, it’s something that will require members’ approval and to amend the constitution. Everything is still at infancy but if we are to progress as a club, we have to embrace the best football structure in accordance with Fifa Club Licensing demands. As a club we would want to be compliant and that is why we will be taking this proposal to our members,” said Nkolomi.
Conflicts have been observed in the present structure where the board has at times been accused of usurping the executive committee’s duties.
At one time, the board was blamed for interfering and making it difficult for the executive committee to execute its duties.
The Bosso board, which approves the club’s budget, was accused of hiring coach Bongani Mafu and was said to have prevented the executive from firing the gaffer when results were eluding him.
The board has also been accused of being a bunch of power hungry individuals who are against leadership renewal.
Nkolomi quashed these allegations saying his board had made a resolution to have five-year terms.
“We’re a progressive institution and let me make this clear, we are not against leadership renewal. We’ve had concerned people saying the board wants to stay in power forever, which is not true. As a board, we resolved to have terms that will not exceed 10 years. We did so in our wisdom, taking into account that leadership renewal is key to the success of the club. That is why we’re interrogating the structure,” said Nkolomi.
He said there would be lots of changes at Bosso once a new structure is adopted and was positive that the new structure would be key in turning around the club’s fortunes.
Bosso would be compelled to have a fulltime secretariat team with finance and marketing departments to source funds for the club.
Nkolomi called on members with concerns to engage the club and contribute ideas as to how they can save the financially burdened club.
A group of Bosso members have been trying to push out the Peter Dube-led executive committee through a petition.