HARARE - Dynamos president Kenny Mubaiwa and Highlanders chairman Peter Dube yesterday confirmed they had filed their nomination papers to contest for the Premier Soccer League chairmanship.
A number of names have been said to be interested in the top post after the new Zifa board declared that current PSL board of governors’ chairman Twine Phiri lost his constitutional mandate to run the league and called for fresh elections. This was despite the fact that Phiri’s mandate was scheduled to run until 2018.
While others who were interested in the post have kept their cards close to their chests, Mubaiwa and Dube confirmed to the Daily News last night that they had filed their nomination papers to run for the league’s top post.
With the filing of nomination papers closed yesterday, it was also not yet known whether former chairman Phiri filed his papers for the PSL post as he was not available for comment by the time of going to press last night.
The two popular football administrators submitted their papers and paid the required $2 000 to the Zifa secretariat with both expressing confidence that they would succeed Phiri.
Mubaiwa and Dube will however, have to be cleared by the Zifa nomination court which is scheduled to sit on Saturday for the vetting and verification process while the appeals committee will sit the following day to deal with any cases that may arise.
February 11 and 14 have been set aside for appeal hearings while the final list of names of successful election candidates are set to be announced on February 15 with elections scheduled for March 5.
Mubaiwa, who lost to Phiri during the 2014 PSL elections said: “I have submitted my papers and paid the required sum. I have done my ground work and I am confident I will get it right this time around.”
Dube said he has received the backing of several Premier League clubs to succeed Phiri.
“I have been asked by the clubs to represent them so I have filed my papers. I will not say much for now and will wait to be cleared by the nomination court first,” said Dube.
Meanwhile, it emerged yesterday that Zifa did not send official communication to stop the Women’s elections.
It was also still not clear whether the vying candidates filed their nomination papers.
The Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) had called off elections for the Women’s Football league (ZWF) scheduled for March 5 to allow formalisation of the ZWF League.
ZWF is one of the Zifa affiliates directed to hold fresh elections by the new board led by Philip Chiyangwa.
There has been a protracted power wrangle among ZWF national executive members for some time after the five national executive members split into two camps.
There were also nominations for Zifa affiliates in beach soccer, Central region, Eastern region and Masvingo province.