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All set for ZRU national elections

The AGM, which will also double as an extra ordinary meeting for the adoption of the new constitution, will be held on January 21.
Four positions, that include that of the president, vice-president north, vice-president south and the treasurer have become vacant following the expiry of the one-year term.

However, it is the president’s position that is generating interest as current president Themba Sibanda has come to the end of his two one-year terms in office.

Falkenberg could not be reached for comment, but is likely to go unchallenged as most provinces want continuity.

Under-19 chairperson Aaron Jani is being tipped to take over from Falkenberg on the post of vice-president (Northern Region) while Matabeleland is said to be supporting former vice-president Alex Goosen to challenge the incumbent Brett Halloway.

Sibanda the outgoing president said they are going to first sit for the adoption of the new constitution that would allow the new executive to be in office for a maximum of two four-year terms.

“The new constitution should be in place before elections can be held. So we are likely to shoot two birds with one stone. On the day of the elections, an EGM will be held for the adoption of the constitution,” he said.

“We have had two failed attempts to adopt the new constitution. We even tried to hold the extra ordinary general meeting in December, but it could not materialise because most people were busy.  I am sure the constitution will sail through and I wish those who would have been elected good luck.”

Sibanda said he has accomplished his main task of laying the ground work for the Sables to qualify for the 2015 World Cup.
“The Sables are our flagship so we must devote all our attention to the team. The Under-19, the woman’s side and the national sevens teams can do well, but the executive is judged by the performance of the Sables,” he said.

“The union’s financial position has not improved that much. The new constitution will allow the office bearers to be in office for four years, which I believe is ample time to have completed their projects.”

Last year was good for local rugby as it saw the Sables winning the Victoria Cup after getting the better of Kenya and Uganda.

The team was also promoted to Africa zone Group A which enables it to participate in the 2015 World Cup qualifiers.

The Under-19 team also became African champions in a tournament hosted on home soil thereby qualifying for the Junior World Rugby Trophy (JWRT) for the third time in a row.

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