Zifa, PSL clash over Twine Phiri

HARARE - Premier Soccer League chief executive Kenny Ndebele yesterday insisted the directive by Zifa to have the league hold fresh elections to choose a new chairperson is not in tandem with their constitution.

Zifa board led by newly-elected president Philip Chiyangwa on Tuesday had ordered the PSL to hold elections since Twine Phiri was part of the previous Zifa board whose mandate was revoked by councillors on October 3.

But Ndebele clarified to the Daily News yesterday that Phiri’s position on the Zifa body came through the affiliate body — the PSL — which is guided by its own constitution and not by Zifa.

Ndebele said the decision on Phiri’s position lies with the PSL clubs and elections can only be held once in four years at the league’s Annual General Meeting (AGM).

“The governors are appointed by the clubs. When there are any changes, clubs will advise the PSL. The letter that has come from Uriri is very authentic. Clubs choose who they want to represent them and our constitution is very clear on those issues,” Ndebele said.

PSL constitution Article 38.5 states that: “If the Chairman is permanently prevented from performing his official function and his position becomes vacant (e.g. death, resignation, unexcused absence from the Emergency Committee for three consecutive meetings), loss of membership/relegation, the vice chairman shall represent him until the next congress. The congress shall elect a new Chairman, if necessary.”

However, Zifa yesterday issued a vague statement regarding the board position of the PSL representative.

“In terms of Article 32.1 of the Zifa constitution, the Executive Committee of Zifa comprises 8 members all of whom must derive their mandate from congress. Six members of the Executive Committee, including the president and vice president are directly elected by the Congress,” said Zifa.

“It is a matter of public record that on the 5th of December 2015, the Zifa Extraordinary Congress duly elected 6 Executive Committee members in accordance with Article 32.

“It is clear that on the 5th of December 2015 congress did not install any Executive member appointed by the Premier Soccer League. The installation of an Executive Committee member by the congress who is appointed by the Premier Soccer League remains outstanding.”

Comments (1)

To be bvery frank and honesty, Phiri was dismissed with the rest of the Councillors. Therefore if PSL still want Phiri to represent them, he should get a new mandate from the PSL I do not think the constitution of PSL states that, when all Councillors are fired for one reason or another, the PSL chairperson will not be fired. He will remain their representative..

Brian Chikwati - 11 December 2015

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