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Peter Ndlovu calls on clubs to practice Corporate Governance, digs at club owners

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Former Warriors captain, Peter ‘Sukuzonke’ Ndlovu called on the local clubs and their leaders to act within the confines of the system of rules, practices and processes by which their institutions are directed and mandated to do. 

By Carlo Chikomba

Speaking during the recently held Castle Lager 2017 Soccer Star of the Year Awards Ceremony organised by Delta Beverages, Peter Ndlovu who was the guest of honour said there must be coherence between the club’s administrative and non-administrative arm to attain success.

“I appeal to the clubs and leaders to practice good corporate governance. It is important for the club to separate powers in order to govern the clubs properly,” explained the Warriors legend.

“Policy formulators that is elected members of policy must play an oversight role to provide resources such as funding, equipment and human resources. Administrators are to implement policies of the club as pronounced by the leaders.”

Ndlovu was critical of teams that give coaches unrealistic targets, adding that clubs should exercise patience with technical officials and look at other aspects such as team building before wielding the axes.

“Technical officials must be given room to build formidable teams that can compete at the highest level. It is important to say that gone are the days when officials (owners) select players of the team for the team officials. The habit of giving coaches targets of winning say ten out of ten games is not good,” said Peter.

The Mamelodi Sundowns team manager also aimed a thinly veiled dig at club owners that get too involved in teams and end up telling coaches what to do.

“The coach must be given the chance to do his job, if people (club owners) want to come and coach then they should be coaches,” he said amidst laughter from the audience.

Furthermore, Peter urged clubs to invest in youth development programs as he said it is also cheaper to groom teams than to buy players.

“Clubs must always develop the next generation of players for the national teams. The football teams are yearning to watch more talent, he added.”

Ndlovu said that although clubs would claim that they lack the necessary resources to develop players, they can always improve their revenue sources by selling replica jerseys and taking control of vending sites during matches to sell their own products.

Tongai Mwenje

Tongai Mwenje is a Senior Editor with Zimbabwe's largest online sports magazine Sportbrief www.sportbrief.co.zw. He has been writing professionally since 2012 and currently writes for technology and sport blogs. He has vast experience in digital marketing, sports reporting and analysis. He is also a Sports and Technology columnist with Financial Gazette Online Sports Column and Technology Magazine respectively.

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