HARARE - Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) chief executive Jonathan Mashingaidze yesterday said the local FA will carry out a forensic audit of the Premier Soccer League (PSL) in the post-Twine Phiri era.
The Zifa board, led by newly-elected president Philip Chiyangwa, ordered the PSL to hold fresh elections, arguing that Phiri was part of the previous Zifa board whose mandate was revoked by councillors last year.
Dynamos president Kenny Mubaiwa and Highlanders chairman Peter Dube have since filed nomination papers to contest the March 5 PSL chairmanship elections.
In a press statement released yesterday, Mashingaidze said they would want to establish if the Phiri-led executive did not misappropriate funds.
“Following the end of an era of the PSL leadership under Twine Phiri, Zifa would like to advise the football public that we will institute a forensic audit which will among other issues look at the SuperSport deal vis- a-vis benefits, agents,” read the statement.
“The audit will also look into the league’s financial standing, relations with sponsors, development programmes in the last six years and the league’s role in the Zifa debt.”
Phiri has been the PSL chairman since 2010 before he was re-elected in 2014. He lost his mandate to lead the top-flight league when the Zifa Assembly revoked the mandate of the entire Cuthbert Dube-led body in October.
Phiri’s second term was supposed to end in 2018. He used to be CAPS United’s major shareholder and president.
The club’s shareholding structure was however, rearranged following Farai Jere’s acquisition of an 80 percent stake in the club last year. Phiri was left with a 20 percent shareholding in the club while Jere assumed the post of club president.
Makepekepe agreed to allow Phiri to remain as their representative on the PSL board of governors until the end of his term as chairperson, a stance which the club reaffirmed in a letter to the league following the Zifa directive. The PSL chairperson is supposed to be a member of the Zifa board.
The PSL is currently enjoying a good relationship with leading beverages manufacturer, Delta Beverages, and have a broadcasting deal with SuperSport.
While Phiri has been credited for playing a major role in clinching the deals with his management, the SuperSport deal has raised some questions regarding benefits to local clubs.