The Sunday News
Mehluli Sibanda, Senior Sports Reporter
RECENTLY-ELECTED Bulawayo Metropolitan Rugby Football Board (BMRFB) chairman Delvin Ismail has expressed his desire to get more rugby played in the province.
Ismail, voted chairman of the BMRFB a fortnight ago on a four-year term described his elevation as an awesome feeling. He is of the view that those who have occupied the position before have done a tremendous job. Ismail is deputised by Thembelani Ncube with Craig Change the secretary. Committee members will be voted for at a later date.
“Being the new chairman is a humbling experience, as there are a lot of expectations and a great legacy of previous chairpersons who have done amazing work in the province,’’ Ismail said.
His vision is to increase on the amount of rugby taking place in the metropolitan province and get funding for the game at lower levels.
“My short term vision is to get more rugby being played in the province, to get more grassroots development programmes being funded, to get Bulawayo province back to being the power house of rugby as we have had a number of great players in the national teams and are still being represented by some really talented players,’’ he said.
Ismail, a former Highlanders and Old Miltonians (OM) player is also aiming to assist players from Bulawayo to get selected into the various national teams.
On how he got to make a return to rugby administration, Ismail said he was approached by OMs who felt that he could make a difference as an ex-player.
At the beginning of this year, the BMRFB executive led by chairman Thulani Tabulawa was removed from office via a vote of no confidence. Tabulawa was replaced by Fungai Mudzekenyedzi in an interim capacity until a substantive executive was chosen two weeks ago.