HARARE - The battle for Premier Soccer League (PSL) chairperson is on today with both candidates Dynamos president Kenny Mubaiwa and Highlanders boss Peter Dube expressing confidence they will get the clubs’ nod to succeed ousted Twine Phiri.
All the 16 PSL clubs will cast their votes to choose the man, who will lead them until 2018. The new PSL boss will automatically be co-opted into the Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa).
Phiri’s term was supposed to end in 2018, but Zifa insisted the league should hold elections since the former CAPS United major shareholder was part of Cuthbert Dube-led board which had its mandate revoked last year.
Dube, who has been the league’s acting chairperson since the directive by Zifa to hold new elections, will face a tough test from Mubaiwa, although both men have contributed much to the game and have an equal chance of winning.
This will be the third time Mubaiwa will be running for the PSL top post after losing to Phiri in his previous two attempts.
The DeMbare supremo this week revealed to the Daily News that he has done enough ground work and is confident of victory.
“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,” he said.
“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 was 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 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.
Highlanders chairman Dube was also singing the gospel of continuity, saying his existence in the previous PSL board of governors will make him the best candidate.
“I want to share the experience which I have continuously shared with many football stakeholders,” he said.
“If you understand how the PSL is run or governed; it has titles of 16 sitting members. In that regard, I should bring you to the role of a chairman which is directing policy.
“We have a fully-fledged secretariat which has not performed badly; the chairman’s role is to give policy and direction so my key area is adherence as well as observing that things are done to expectation.
“But that does not blind me to say there is no innovation, but generally, everything is discussed and agreed to by all the governors.
“It’s more to do with interaction and makes it easier for everyone to work and attend to matters pertaining to football.”
There are also elections for Zifa affiliates in Beach Soccer, Central Region, Eastern Region and Masvingo Province.
Women’s football will not hold their elections today following its cancellation by Zifa to allow formalisation of the ZWF League first.
Zifa president Philip Chiyangwa has since appointed Elizabeth Langa as the interim boss and tasked her to bring normalcy back to the Women’s game.