By CECILIA ZULU
TOM Michelo is the new Zambia Pool Union (ZPU) president after going through unopposed during the annual general meeting at Lusaka’s National Sports Development Centre (NASDEC) on Saturday.
And Michelo has disbanded the national pool team citing lack of leadership by the former executive committee.
Michelo of Boree Pool Club has taken over from Boyd Mawaso, who did not seek re-election.
The position of vice-president went to Musonda Nsalamu after incumbent Brian Habwacha paved way.
This was after the two candidates tied on 22 votes in the first round.
The situation forced returning officer Phoebe Silabo, who is also National Sports Council of Zambia (NSCZ) development officer, to call for a re-run, but the two tied 22 votes apiece.
It had to take former ZPU president Titus Simutolo, who called on the two candidates to agree on the way forward.
“I have decided to leave the position for him [Nsalamu]. I have worked for a long time in the union and I know what it takes to hold such a position. Here there is no winner or loser. I have just left the position for him,” Habwacha said.
Victor Musonda of Castle Embassy is general secretary after going through unopposed and so is Brian Sinyangwe who went through unopposed as treasurer.
The new committee members are Aggrey Mulweyi (Police College), Vinja Siwale (Boajibu), Webby Mwamba (UTH) and Mary Mkandawire of Kornala Pool Club.
Welesani Muyani of University of Zambia recontested the position of committee member but he tumbled.
Meanwhile, Michelo has called on the new executive members to work as a team.
“I wish to say thank you for restoring our confidence. It has not been an easy race. We will work and deliver according to your expectations. To the old executive we say thank you, they have done what they thought is right and best.
“This is the time for us to work as a team. We should not put everything to the government or the National Sports Council of Zambia when it comes to raising funds. They are our partners,” Michelo said.
And Mawaso appealed to the government through NSCZ to start sponsoring pool, which is considered a minor sport.
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