Emmett Ndlovu, in his election manifesto expresses the for the “continued existence, sustenance and vision” of the Highlanders Football Club, which he says “has relied heavily on its roots, history and the principle and culture of “UBUNTU””
He continues by saying “It is in recognition of the above that l once again present myself to the club for service having time and again worked for the club since 1991 ,a feat that has called for dedication and commitment to the club.” Ndlovu goes on to humbly look forward to “the prospect of becoming the next Executive Secretary of this great institution.”
Born 45 years ago in Bethesda Mission, Victoria Falls, Chief Mvuthu is married and has three sons and a daughter, the former team doctor and manager is a Christian and holds Bachelor of Science in Physical Education & Sports obtained in 2007 and a Medical Rehabilitation qualification of 1989.
In his work background, he listed the following; “1990-1994 Mpilo Hospital Physio Department, 1995-1999 Zoe Brest Physio Clinic, 2000-2008 Highlanders F. C, 2011 to date Assistant Manager – Forever Living Products.”
That list is complemented by his football related work as in “1991 – Started working for Bosso treating players, 1992 Appointed Team Medic, 1993 – Attained FIFA sports injuries management certificate, 1994 – First assignment and attachment to the Zimbabwe National U20 soccer team, – 1996 Seconded to the National U23 soccer team, 1997 – Committee Member – ZIFA Sports Medicine committee, 2000 – Attained CAF Sports injuries management certificate, 2000 – Attained Level One Soccer Coaching certificate, 2001 – Appointed to the Senior National Soccer team (Warriors) as Team Medic and participated in several tournaments locally, regionally and internationally.”
In 2004 he represented Zimbabwe at the Cup of Nations in Tunisia being part of the medical team and did the same in 2005 when he won Gold in the COSAFA Castle Cup in South Africa. He was appointed Team Manager of Highlanders F.C winning the championship in 2006 under Methembe Ndlovu.
The 2007-2008 period saw him being the Administration and Enterprise Manager and Team Manager when Bosso were League Runners up. He was 2009 General Manager at Bantu Rovers F.C in 2009.
He describes himself as a self-starter and a relentless hard-worker who achieves set targets. He describes his effective communication skills both in writing and verbally “with the ability to proffer meaningful ideas and accommodate constructive views.”
“A natural leader who can work under pressure and dovetail with hierarchical levels of the club ‘s institution, a natural winner endowed with an insatiable desire to succeed and acquire more knowledge and a team player with a purposeful and focused outlook”, reads the manifesto.
He goes on to describe a unique self as an individual privileged to have worked with various leaderships, managers and coaches “in my football career both at club and national levels” thus qualified to “consequently have over a long period of time, acquired sufficient administrative and interpersonal skills that effectively qualify me for the post of Secretary at Highlanders F.C .”
“My complete and total understanding of football players’ needs, wishes, pressures, successes, failures, frustrations, expectations and dreams has its origins in the many seasons that I have worked with players at various levels, inter alia, promoting their welfare, negotiation of players’ contracts, renewal or extensions as well as taking care of their treatment”, elaborates Ndlovu.
He said, “One of the critical duties of a Secretary at Highlanders FC is to keep records of players, their contracts and ensure timeous renewal of such contracts and registration of players with the appropriate bodies . I SHALL NOT DISAPPOINT .”
He goes on to pledge “to promote and leave a legacy of securing players’ future after their playing days, nurture home-grown talent/players and to adhere to the club’s desire to have players signing long-term contracts and to sell those whose contracts cannot be extended for whatever reason.”
The straight forward and tough talk manifesto goes on about how Highlanders brand of football should be promoted in order to create entertainment and “woe back the Bosso family multitudes back to EMAGUMENI !”
There is a declaration to “maintain a professional and open door policy” as the team belongs to the people who must have access to appropriate as well as relevant information timeously and periodically as major stakeholders.
It expresses the need “to promote strategic plans that will translate into reality the dream of being a dynamic world-class sporting institution for centuries to come, and to work towards promoting the battered image of the club in a bid to take it where it belongs “ON TOP””.
According to Ndlovu, revamping supporters groups to exploit the Highlanders FC brand to its fullest and maintaining good relationships with sponsors, media/press “including all stake holders such as members, supporters, former players and sympathisers” will be his agenda.
He also wants to maintain good relationship with all sporting bodies especially other soccer clubs, PSL, ZIFA and SRC and to look at improving and further enhancing the overall performance of the club. “There is need for a paradigm shift in a number of administrative aspects in order to improve the quality of our football at Highlanders F.C .”, he said.
Furthermore, he stresses that football is a team sport, “and as such there is need to involve all stake holders in its development.
There is need to identify talent within our region and all other areas where the Bosso family is scattered prior to reaching far afield.”
Suitably qualified former players and supporters should be used in talent identification,according to the manifesto Ndlovu made public on social sites, adding that the club must create employment for “our children”.
In his conclusion, he assures that having “our past as the Highlanders institution being gained or lost forever” the future of our club is not “yet ours but will be decided through your vote which should be for prosperity, progress and development.”
As the time to decide the destiny of the club for the next three years, pleaded to all to use their votes well and wisely “in order to resuscitate and rekindle our club which is currently in the “INTENSIVE CARE UNIT””
As he putting it, Highlanders is now “an enviable laughing-stock”, emphasising that winning the election will not be an end in itself but a means to an end “which is the beginning of an era of hard work to bring back the glory days to the success starved Bosso community.”
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