HARARE - Dynamos president Kenny Mubaiwa says he is ready to take the top-flight league to the next level if elected into office as the new chairperson at the Premier Soccer League this weekend.
While also paying tribute to outgoing chairperson Twine Phiri, the Dynamos supremo believes he has done enough ground work to win the poll ahead of Highlanders’ Peter Dube.
This will be the third time Mubaiwa will be running for the PSL top post after losing to Phiri in his previous two attempts in 2010 and 2014.
Mubaiwa now has another opportunity to try out his luck after the post became vacant following the directive by new Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) president Philip Chiyangwa for the league to hold elections.
Although Phiri’s term was supposed to end in 2018, Zifa insisted the league should hold elections since he was also part of the Cuthbert Dube-led board which had its mandate revoked last year.
“I’m confident I will win this time around. I think (Twine) Phiri has done a good job during his time in office and I now want to take it a step further,” Mubaiwa told the Daily News yesterday.
“I have got enough backing from the clubs to see me sail through this time around. The support I am getting is overwhelming and if it’s not for that support, I would not be standing. I have carefully done my homework and I am confident of victory.”
The Harare-based businessman said his immediate task if voted into office would be to ensure professionalism in the league and retaining the existing sponsors.
“If you look, there are sponsors that are already there. We need to keep them and at the same time engage more to come and sponsor our football,” Mubaiwa said.
At the moment, the PSL is currently in a sponsorship agreement with Delta Beverages.
Delta sponsors the league through their Castle Lager brand while the leading knockout tournament is bankrolled under their Chibuku Super brand.
NetOne is also another important partner of the league as they bankroll an eight-team knockout competition under their EasyCall brand.
The PSL has also partnered South African pay-per-view satellite channel SuperSport, who are the league’s official broadcaster.
Mubaiwa said he has already started consultations on how stadia owners can reduce their fees to ensure clubs benefit from the gate-takings.
“I would want to see all PSL clubs adopt a professional approach to meet Fifa standards. And there is also an issue to do with stadium tariffs,” he said.
“The stadium levies should not suffocate the clubs and I am going to work tirelessly to ensure it is affordable.
“There are also efforts to facilitate cheap accommodation for the clubs. We want to partner a certain company that will ensure affordable prices for all teams that will be playing away. One thing that I can assure you is that things will never be the same again once I’m voted into office.”