Mangwiro faces PSL charge

HARARE - CAPS United coach Taurai Mangwiro could be charged with improper conduct for his outspoken criticism of the Premier Soccer League (PSL) management, the league’s chief executive Kenny Ndebele said yesterday.

Mangwiro lambasted the league for failing to release the fixtures for the 2014 season on time in an interview with this publication on February 21.

Mangwiro said: “As a coach, you would want to know the time frame you are operating within. But up to now we don’t even know when the season starts. I think there should be more professional approach at PSL if our football is to go anywhere as a nation. I was hoping by now we would know when the season starts. It’s very confusing.

“Say, if we knew the fixtures, that trip to Malawi could have been used to fine tune our squad. During this off-season we are mostly guided on when the season starts in terms of preparing the players’ fitness level, the number of friendly matches and other things.”

Ndebele said the league was now looking closely at Mangwiro’s comments before proceeding.

“Everything is in order with the PSL. From the administration side we are doing well,” Ndebele said.

“I don’t think there is a major problem as we are still in the same time frame when we released the fixtures last year.

“I think there is only one coach who has come out and talked about this perceived delay in releasing the fixtures.

“As the PSL we are contemplating charging this coach because we feel that some of the comments were not appropriate."

Turning to the issue of fixtures, Ndebele said the league is still waiting to finalise negotiations to renew sponsorship with Delta Beverages.

The initial deal with Delta, which was valid for three years, ran out at the end of last season and the two parties are yet reach an agreement for an extension.

“We are still working on the fixtures and we can only get to confirm them once we have finalised everything with our sponsors,” said Ndebele.

“The president (Twine Phiri) is the one who is working with the sponsor in those negotiations and once they are complete we can release the fixtures.”

According to Ndebele, only one team has finished registering all its players for the forthcoming season with the remainder of the 15 teams still working on their squads.

“We could also not release the fixtures early because only one team has brought its registration forms to our offices,” he said.

“We sent out those forms some four weeks ago and only last week was when we also got the confirmation from Bantu that they will be playing in the league.”

Bantu Rovers have joined forces with Southern Region Division One champions Bulawayo Chiefs to form one team that will play in the Premiership this season.

The PSL hope that the 2014 season will kick-off at the end of next month.

Comments (13)

Ndebele is worst than a barking and groaning dog. Pure dictatorship at it highest term, surely how can one be charged for putting his opinion on the table. Zimbabwean football will take us no way with their administrators like Ndebele.

Piripiri - 25 February 2014

Ndebele is worse than a barking and groaning dog. Pure dictatorship at its highest term, surely how can one be charged for putting his opinion on the table. Zimbabwean football will take us no way with their administrators like Ndebele.

Piripiri - 25 February 2014

I concur with you Piripiri. Ndebele should just address the concerns rather than issuing threats to constructive criticism

sandura - 25 February 2014

Quite surprising that up until now the sponsorship deal is outstanding. What happens if Phiri is beaten by Mubaiwa? Delta won't sign since they are currently ONLY dealing with Phiri. Strange administration at PSL. Surely our football will not progress under these administrators. I am not a CAPS supporter, but surely to charge someone for voicing their concern sounds not fair. Who then is allowed to speak? PSL and ZIFA administrators only??????? Gwindi was charged for voicing an opinion, now its going to be Tau......lol

Absalom - 25 February 2014

Ken Ndebele pliz be professional enough to face the truth. Why not act on the concerns raised by the coach instead of issuing threats. It seems the coach has a professional mind than you.

mhofu mutenhesanwa - 25 February 2014

Batai munhu,kanamunhu achingohumana humana zvisina maturo batai munhu.Anomhanyirei kana nguva isati yasvika,tinozonyarirepi kana odyiwa pachatanga bhora racho,Mangwiro anofunga kuti kuuya nekamukombe kekuMalawi atogadzirira zvakakwana asazvinyebere.

GLAMOURBOY - 25 February 2014

ndebele anotidako

shon corner - 25 February 2014

Mr Ndebele you need not persecute constructive criticism here. there is nothing wrong in a single coach asking or even raising their concerns with regards fixture schedule for our beautiful game... you say we are around the same time frame as last year but that does not mean we must not improve our game with better planning,, this is why people always talk of continuous improvement. u also say only one coach has come to complain...dont u think as a progressive minded person yourself,this is an example of a coach with winning the league in mind.. there is only one coach who can win the league and this is why perhaps this coach is going the extra mile... let us not kill the spirit of planning by using a hammer to kill a fly in this case.. the worst PSL can do is to punish a person who is future-oriented like this one coach.. Owns come on.....

soccer fan - 25 February 2014

Mr Ndebele don,t be defensive, this is constructive critism, i think its a right of the teams and fans to know when the season is starting. last year most teams played mid week games in empty stadiums for the entire 2nd half of the season yet the whole month of march we are at home viewing other leagues on tv. Long back when it was still the super league with only 12 teams matches started as early as January with Charity matches the Rowls Ball gala etc and by march the league would have been in full swing but at the moment its 3 days before march starts no fixture timetable. Tipeiwo game nguva iripo kwete kuzotambisa mateam edu mamid week games isu tiri kubasa. The teams are not only playing for the Delta price money hey, but also for the fans and they need decent gate takings.In the end you end up missing Caf registrations. Work Up Ndebele

Bhora Mberi - 25 February 2014

Iwe Ndebele unoda kucharger ani. You are a fool to think wese ataura chokwadi anofanirwa kutyisidzirwa. We need time to plan for traveling for away matches to watch our teams play. Up to now u havent secured sponsorship but u have the guts to claim boost that the house is in order. Mukuraya bhora imi magarisa move over vechidiki vamboitawo nxaa stupid dictators. Mangwiro dont worry hapana anokubata this is a free country

Mafirakureeva - 26 February 2014

freedom of speech no.1,no case

darling - 27 February 2014

instead of Ken to think of making noise,he should be telling us how he is going to address a situation where clubs get fined more than they make. unoda here tikudanire Sean TIMBA? Tibvire apo. Do you think you got monopoly of wisdom

geo - 27 February 2014

instead of Ken to think of making noise,he should be telling us how he is going to address a situation where clubs get fined more than they make. unoda here tikudanire Sean TIMBA? Tibvire apo. Do you think you got monopoly of wisdom

geo - 27 February 2014

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