Shasha Gomez ready for challenge

 Online Reporter

 BULAWAYO grassroots rugby stalwart and benefactor Shasha Gomez is up for the challenge after exclusively confirming his candidature for the Zimbabwe Rugby Union vice presidency (Southern) at this coming weekend’s elections in the capital.

 Speaking to B Metro Online on Monday, Gomez revealed that he had accepted nomination for the challenges that come with the post and will be going against Gilbert Nyamutsamba, Thembelani Ncube and incumbent Martin Shone.

 While he is known for his passion for sports development and grassroots rugby, Gomez acknowledged that he faces stiff competition for the office although he fances his chances.

 “As of today, I can confirm that I am in the running for the ZRU vice presidency (Southern). I consulted a lot of people including family and friends but more importantly, the game’s stakeholders before I decided to accept the nomination and make myself available,” Gomes told B Metro Online.

 “I know what is expected of me and I am up to the challenge. I believe I can ably represent my constituency and the nation at large and look forward to getting my hands dirty and growing the sport,” Gomez said.

 Gomez is well know in rugby circles for his philanthropy which includes sponsorship of Milton High School, Prince Edward High School, Western Suburbs Academy and the national Under-20 side, the Junior Sables.

 He has also been previously chair of top club, Matabeland Warriors as well as Bulawayo Metropolitan Rugby Football Board Chief Operating Officer. He was also part of the Zimbabwe versus Kenya Local Organising Committee in 2017.

 Of late he has been spending his time and resources helping with the Junior Sables as a consultant.

 “I have a broad vision for the growth of the game not just in the Southern part of the country but nationally as well. I call it Vision 2031 and the objective is to grow the sport through the national Under 20 cycle  for the ultimate goal of 2031 World Cup qualification,” Gomez added.

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