HARARE - Peter Dube used his victory speech as the new Premier Soccer League (PSL) president to urge the league to remain united in order to retain and attract more sponsorship.
The Highlanders chairperson received a huge seal of approval from the PSL teams when he polled 11 votes against Dynamos’ president Kenny Mubaiwa’s four during yesterday’s election in the capital.
The PSL was ordered to conduct elections for a new leader after former president Twine Phiri’s tenure was cut short as he was part of the previous Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) board which had its mandate revoked last year.
“The PSL board of governors is a closely-knit family. It’s a body that makes collective decisions,” Dube said shortly after his victory.
“After what has happened today; I think my fellow governors would concur with me that the way we conduct our business has no winners and losers per se.
“It’s a process that just positions individuals in situations; giving them a duty to execute on behalf of us all and we cannot expect a situation where things get out of control.
“We then end up tomorrow asking each other ‘how did we let things get this far?’ On that note... I feel it is only fair for me to thank everyone for the support and my colleague ...Mubaiwa for conducting a clean campaign process that actually proves that we are the elite of football in Zimbabwe, bearing in mind that we actually have a national team that many of its players are drawn from.
Dube added: “I urge all of you to unite and work for football in Zimbabwe and under these difficult times, it is important we preserve the dignity of the league so that we keep the sponsors we have and continue to attract more sponsors.”
Mubaiwa, who has contested and lost two elections, accepted defeat and pledged to work closely with Dube to help the league prosper.
“I’m happy with the result of the elections. The governors have shown confidence in ... Dube to lead us for the next two years and I promise to support him throughout so that at the end of the day football is the winner,” he said.
Zifa president Philip Chiyangwa said Dube, who will be co-opted into the association’s board, must be prepared to work to help restore local football’s lost glamour.
“Given that we now have a new chairperson at PSL, it is my constitutional right to invite you (Dube) to be on our board at the next AGM in a few weeks’ time,” he said.
“Welcome and I’m sure you will enjoy the ride. It is a bit quick and we want to do things so that we can have a revolution in our football.
“We want Zimbabweans to once again start enjoying football or expect something from football. I have had the pleasure of meeting the president (Robert Mugabe) in the past few days with regards to Zifa.
“His insistence is that we should sort out the mess at Zifa and make it something people are always happy to be associated with.
“Our brand was tarnished and we need to sort it out. That’s my mission and with you (Dube) as a board member I hope we will be able to get there,” Chiyangwa said yesterday.
The PSL board of governors is made up of the chairpersons or presidents of all the 16 teams in the league.
During yesterday’s election only 15 clubs voted except for ZPC Kariba, who were represented by their secretary Robert Mamvura. Their chairperson Munyaradzi Nduna could not attend the event.
PSL Board of Governors
Mandla Gumbo (Tsholotsho), Peter Dube (Highlanders), Lifa Ncube (Chicken Inn), Lewis Uriri (CAPS United), Kenny Mubaiwa (Dynamos), Alois Masepe (Harare City), Mandla Moyo (Border Strikers), Joseph Zulu (Hwange), Ryan Armstrong (Chapungu), Dumisani Sisale (FC Platinum), Lovemore Matikinyidze (Triangle), Paul McAndrew (How Mine), Jeremiah Gasiteni (Ngezi Platinum Stars), Jerry Sibanda (Bulawayo City), Isdore Bingura (Mutare City Rovers), ZPC Kariba (Munyaradzi Nduna)