BY MUNYARADZI MADZOKERE
PREMIER Soccer League side Ngezi Platinum Stars have made clear their intention to become the model football club in the country following a glamorous player and kit unveiling ceremony late last month.
One of the unique attributes of the Mhondoro-Ngezi based football club is that it boasts of four women in its board and management structures which is probably the most by any team in the country.
Vice-president marketing and communication Busi Chindove has been in the management of the club for the longest time while chief executive officer Nyasha Kadenge has been at the institution for three odd years.
Rumbidzayi Muyambuki, who is responsible for junior development, recently retained her place in the executive committee with Roberta Katunga coming into the communication department.
Club chairman Leonard Musariri, appointed in a recent boardroom reshuffle, spoke glowingly about the women who are part of the club establishment, saying they are chosen based on their abilities and qualifications instead of their gender.
“The club has four women in its structures. “One of them is part of the board, two are in the executive and the other one takes care of the communications department,” Musariri told The Sports Hub.
“We look for people who possess the relevant and necessary qualifications as well as qualities for the positions regardless of gender. The ladies have, therefore, all the qualities for the relevant positions they hold in the club and have done extremely well for the institution”.
Apart from Ngezi Platinum Stars, Harare City are the other premier league side that also have a female chief executive officer in Tafadzwa Bhasera, who is also the Mighty Warriors team manager.
“The women we have here are competent to do the jobs they have. As you can see, we are growing from strength to strength. They bring a different dimension in terms of seeing things and they have an ability to tone down testosterone in certain situations,” Musariri said.
Musariri took over from Silence Gavi last month as the executive chairman while Cloete Munjoma was retained in the secretary-general role.
The club appointed a new treasurer, Admire Chiremba, in the restructuring exercise announced by president Stanley Segula in April, while Justice Fushai also joined the executive committee.
Muyambuki and Tatenda Dhembure complete the executive committee. Segula also announced the appointment of a new vice-president for the club, Wadzanayi Mutsakanyi.
Ngezi Platinum Stars also showed commitment to the welfare of their players when they held a financial literacy programme last week presented by corporate law attorney and motivational speaker Arthur Marara.
“The financial literacy programme was a first in a line of such programmes as we aim to develop our players in different facets of their lives that will go beyond their playing career,” Musariri said.