Following a rather tumultuous tenure by Themba Ndlela, Peter Dube stepped up and got the confidence of the voters in an election held at the Highlanders Club House. The Highlanders Football Club elections followed the Annual General Meeting at the same venue a week ago.
Peter Dube beat the incumbent by 184 votes to 143 while Mandla Moyo amassed 23 votes. The outgoing Chairman, Ndlela pledged to support the newly elected Dube and his committee.
Ndlela had taken a debt ridden Highlanders FC that faced legal actions over unpaid bills and wages and the Club property attached by the Deputy Sheriff.
Andrew Tapela beat Emmett Ndlovu and Donald Ndebele to retain his Secretary General portfolio. Tapela received 153 votes to Ndlovu 147 and 55 for Ndebele.
The committee member position went to Charles Moyo with 130 votes while Wisdom Mabhena got 122 compared to D Mabhena who managed 99.
The new beginning for the oldest football club benefited from the balanced committee as Dube will have to work with those with inside information. This is expected to provide smooth hand-over and take over.
In a match played at Luveve Stadium after the elections, Highlanders went down fighting against BMC of Botswana. Bosso trailed by an odd goal until an equaliser promised to balance up things. There was going to be a surprise winner for the visitors as the new chairman watched his charges for the first time after taking over the hot seat.