OUTGOING Bulawayo Pool Association (BPA) vice-president Donald Wadawu has said he will not seek re-election and has revealed that he is retiring from the provincial pool leadership after 10 years of service.
Wadawu, a renowned pool doyen, who previously served as a chairman, marketing and publicity officer and committee member in the BPA, said he is now going to direct all his energies to the Zimbabwe Pool Association (Zipa) where he is in charge of the public relations office.
“I think this is now the time for me to pave way for other capable leaders. I must say, for the past two years, Fortune Tawengwa and Wilson Mudari, who are respectively eyeing the positions of president and vice-president, have been my understudies and I have thought of passing the button to them. Ten years of service is not a joke and as I now seek to fully direct all my energy to Zipa, I’m heavily tipping Tawengwa and Mudari to lead the association in the correct path,” said Wadawu who recently completed a Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) Level Two Sports Administration Course.
SRC provincial co-ordinator for Bulawayo, Sam Dzvimbu said: “Wadawu was one of the pool provincial leaders that were very passionate about the growth of the game. He is a man who has been passionate about pool development and I’m happy to say he was among the leaders that led to decentralisation of the game and he gave his helping hand in setting up of its various structures.
“Wadawu is a man who has a long history and his good works helped Bulawayo province formalise and register its structures. He was involved in the coming up of the BPA constitution and he leaves office after him and other leaders came out with district structures. He has run his race and we wish him well in his next endeavours and we hope that those who will remain in charge are going to emulate Wadawu.”
The 2020 BPA elective Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on 1 February and Tawengwa is looking forward to take over from outgoing president is Patrick Taziwa.
Taziwa was deputised by Wadawu to lead an executive that had Tapiwa Sikwila as its secretary general, Shepherd Moyo as treasurer and Farai Nyandoro as the association’s publicity officer.
Also in the outgoing executive are Osbornewells Dziko (Development Officer), Priscilla Lunga (Women in Pool Representative), Admire Mahlunge (Player Representative), Johnson Mawushe (Chairman of Referees) and John Mahachi (Athletes Commission Representative).
Nyandoro, Dziko and Moyo have already confirmed that they will be seeking re-election at their previously held offices. This time around Shoko will be gunning for the Player Representative’s post.
Meanwhile, an elders’ pool tournament sponsored to the tune of $5 000 RTGS will be held at Stop Over Bar on Saturday.
The contest will feature players aged above 40 and those who are clubs and league leadership.
Tawengwa is the defending champion of the competition. He got the better of Cephas Murambiwa in the final match.