MCA clubs boot out board

By Enock Muchinjo

MASHONALAND Cricket Association (MCA) clubs yesterday passed a vote of no confidence in chairman Tavengwa Mukuhlani and other board members who were trying to block efforts to boot out Zimb

abwe Cricket (ZC) chairman Peter Chingoka.


Cyprian Mandenge took over as MCA chairman until the next AGM after six months.


The clubs announced after a special AGM yesterday that they would forge ahead with attempts to expel Chingoka and his entire board or pull out of the national association. The MCA clubs allege a breach of the constitution by Chingoka and his board when they did a re-branding of the mother union without consulting provincial associations.


Yesterday’s heated meeting resolved to remove Mukuhlani and three other board members, Abbey Hamid, Bruce Makova and Kudzai Shoko, with clubs charging them with failure to represent their interests.


They were replaced by Mike Pemhiwa, Clyde Musamba, Rory McWade and Lance Malloch-Brown.


The MCA clubs claim they were not consulted when the union did the re-branding exercise and cite that as a breach of the constitution.


Mukuhlani said soon after the meeting yesterday that his board had been divided with the four dismissed members opposed to the idea of pulling out of ZC while three -— Mandenge, Takashinga Sports Club manager Elvis Sembezeya and Claudius Mukandiwa — supported it.


MCA also resolved that Mukuhlani should resign from the ZC board to which he was appointed as head of the province.


This latest row in local cricket surfaced following allegations of extortion against Takashinga Cricket Club administrators, Stephen Mangongo, Givemore Makoni and Sembezeya.


Chingoka alleged in his response that the fresh bid to oust him and his board was orchestrated by the Takashinga officials trying to escape a probe into the extortion allegations.