By Enock Muchinjo
THE Zimbabwe Rugby Union (ZRU) annual general meeting (AGM) will be held on Sunday against a background of controversy over mismanagement of funds at the union that is
likely to dominate the meeting.
The meeting will also include elections for the positions of two vice-presidents. Incumbent president Bryn Williams is expected to retain his post unopposed as no candidate has shown any interest to contest the leadership of the cash-strapped union.
ZRU acting administrator Modreck Makotose said the union had not by Wednesday received the names of the nominated candidates from the provincial associations’ chairmen who will also vote for the three office bearers.
First vice-president Losson Mutongwiza told IndependentSport this week that he had resigned from all rugby administration while second vice-president Alex Goosen, who was recently retained as chairman for the Matabeleland Rugby Board, is not constitutionally eligible to contest.
The AGM is also likely to discuss the union’s audit, which was completed this week amid allegations of abuse of funds by some administrators. The audit has not been made public but is likely to be presented for deliberation at the meeting.
Other issues expected to be addressed include the state of local rugby structures which are currently in a shambles and the commercialisation of Zimbabwe rugby as the union makes frantic efforts to bring back sponsors into the game after traditional sponsor Delta Beverages pulled out from the national league this season.
In addition, the welfare of the national team and availability of foreign-based players for international matches will come under scrutiny.