Twine Phiri speaks out

HARARE - Former Premier Soccer League (PSL) chairman Twine Phiri yesterday absolved himself of any wrong doing during his tenure at the helm of the top-flight league saying he is unfazed by threats of a forensic audit by Zifa.

The PSL is set to change hands for the first time in six years next month since Phiri ascended to the throne in 2010.

He served a full term and was in the middle of his second that was due to expire in 2018.

The new Zifa leadership called for fresh PSL elections that are due next month and this week the local football mother body revealed their intentions to undertake a forensic audit of the country’s top flight league to see if all transactions were done above board.

Phiri lost his mandate to lead the top-flight league when the Zifa Assembly revoked the mandate of the entire Cuthbert Dube-led board in October last year.

This prompted the Zifa board, led by newly-elected president Philip Chiyangwa to order the PSL to hold fresh elections next month.

Phiri 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 remained 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.

PSL’s rules and regulations which state that only a club chairman or president can lead the top flight league blocked Phiri from contesting for the March 5 PSL elections.

Phiri yesterday told the Daily News that he executed his duties above the law during his time as the PSL chairman and has nothing to worry about.

“I have nothing to worry about, they are free to go ahead and conduct the forensic audit,” Phiri told the Daily News yesterday.

“Remember, I was not working alone at the PSL. I was working with other board of governors and if anything I am happy with my contributions during my time as the PSL chairman.

“At least I left with my head held high because of what we have achieved. When I came in there was nothing to talk about in as far as the sponsors are concerned. But look today, people will at least remember me for bringing something positive to the league.”

The PSL is currently enjoying a good relationship with leading beverages manufacturer, Delta Beverages, and have a broadcasting deal with SuperSport thanks to Phiri who played a major role in bringing them on board.

Phiri said he holds no grudges in the manner in which he was booted out. This is despite the fact that at a meeting between PSL clubs and Zifa last Friday, the majority of the premiership clubs backed the leadership of Phiri.

“I have no hard feelings at all. It is important to give others a chance. I also felt it’s in the best interest of the game that I step down. I wish whoever is coming well,” Phiri said.

Comments (3)

What a gentlemen. I salute you Mr. Phiri.

dollarman - 5 February 2016

Thanks Phiri !!! When you argue with a fool no-one notices the difference

Mukanya - 5 February 2016

We must learn to resign or retire after serving for a considerable time. So Phiri shouldn't have waited to be sidelined. I have no reason to salute him.

Steve - 8 February 2016

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