'We still respect Phiri'

HARARE - New Premier Soccer League (PSL) chairperson Peter Dube says he has great respect for his predecessor Twine Phiri and will consult him here and there during his reign.

Dube emerged victorious after last Saturday’s election when he polled 11 votes against Dynamos president Kenny Mubaiwa’s four.

The PSL was ordered by the Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) to conduct fresh elections for the post since Phiri was part of the Cuthbert Dube board which had its mandate revoked last year.   

Dube, who was Phiri’s deputy, will now be in charge of the league until next elections are held in 2018.

“I feel greatly honoured that my colleagues at PSL feel that there’s work that I can still do on behalf of the league,” the Highlanders chairperson told the Daily News.

“The faith and confidence that we have done it in the past can still be consolidated and assures us of a positive future that we can weed-off the challenges on the ground together.

“If we were to consult about the game; Phiri is not far away, we have never stopped talking to him in any case what has brought us to where we are is the aspect of togetherness.

“We are a family, we are not selfish and we always meet up with Phiri, including the leadership that we have at Zifa.”

During his reign, Phiri was instrumental in the league securing a title sponsor when they partnered Delta Beverages, who sponsor the PSL through their Castle Lager and Chibuku Super brands.

NetOne, Mbada Diamonds and Pick n Pay have also sponsored various knockout competitions in recent seasons.     

Dube, who says he will delegate most of the responsibilities within the PSL board of governors, wants to speed up the uptake of Club Licensing.

“I would love that as we go by, the much talked about Club Licensing system should be followed religiously barring the issue of financial resources like what we are being told worldwide that they have by and large embraced this system,” he said.

With the 2016 season set to start next month, Dube said all clubs should subscribe to fair play ethos and professionalism to maintain the PSL’s good relationship with their sponsors.

“Transparency, fairness and adherence to the statutes is something that will be maintained,” he said.

“These partnerships that we have with the sponsors are all dependent on the image that we portray.

“If there is any risk in associating with the league, we certainly can wake up one day and find out that there is no one who wants to associate or partner with the PSL.

“I am happy we have got traditional sponsors that are still with us today, all we need to do is to uphold our ethical conduct that we have always distinguished ourselves in.

“Going forward, understanding of course that the economic climate is not favourable to anyone at the moment, it is a challenge for us to say how we can move forward and look for more partners to support us and broaden our financial power?”

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