Takashinga in fresh dispute

Enock Muchinjo

ELVIS Sembezeya is at it again.


The Takashinga manager has been taken to court for failing to return to the Mashonal

and Cricket Association (MCA) 210 cricket balls worth over $85 million he allegedly took for “safekeeping”.


However, the papers filed by the MCA have been reported missing from the magistrates court, although the MCA and police have certified copies of the papers.


IndependentSport heard that the MCA, an affiliate of Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) and the largest stakeholder in the local game, last week sent police and MCA officials to collect the balls from Sembezeya’s home.


The balls, the MCA alleges, were taken from their offices for “safekeeping” by Takashinga executive members who were part of the provincial association’s former board that had swept into office through a controversial vote of no confidence moved by clubs. The Highfield-based club however lost control of the powerful affiliate body when the “deposed” board was reinstated and went on to claim the balls back.


Sembezeya claims that MCA officials harassed his wife when they did not find him at his Highlands home.


When contacted for comment, other Takashinga officials claimed the balls in question were permanently given to the club to use for practice and league matches, and were not supposed to be returned. They said the club would not return the balls.


Sembezeya last year also clashed with Tatenda Taibu, forcing the Zimbabwe captain to quit Takashinga.