Zifa circus rages on

HARARE - The impasse between the Premier Soccer League and Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) is likely to continue after the latter yesterday imposed that four teams will be promoted for the 2017 season.

The development will see Border Strikers and Mutare City Rovers, who finished the season as the bottom teams being relegated while Bantu Rovers, Yadah FC, Shabanie Mine and Black Rhinos all promoted into the top flight league.

Yesterday, Zifa boss Philip Chiyangwa said in a statement that they have since resolved the matter although it is not yet clear if the PSL clubs will agree to it.

“The Zifa executive committee hereby informs the football fraternity and the nation that two teams will be relegated from the Premier Soccer League in the just-ended season and four teams will be promoted into the top-flight league for the 2017 season,” reads the statement.

PSL clubs and Zifa were at loggerheads following October’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) which voted to have four teams relegated instead of two.

The Premiership’s 16 clubs have since agreed to approach the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) to make a ruling on the matter.

Cas has already acknowledged receiving the clubs’ application but Zifa have made it clear they will not prescribe to any recommendations the Switzerland-based court will make.

With yesterday’s proclamation by Zifa, the matter is likely to drag on for more weeks as the league is already against an idea of having 18 teams in the PSL.

The league’s argument is that it will be hard to fixture matches which are likely to spill over into December when the rainy season has already started.

Delta Beverages, the league’s main sponsors, are also concerned with the squabbles and are yet to sign a new deal after the current agreement ran out at the end of last season.

Meanwhile, Chiyangwa added that they have also appointed Dynamos president Kenny Mubaiwa as the action PSL’s chairperson in place of the suspended Peter Dube.

“The Zifa Executive Committee has also appointed . . . Mubaiwa as the acting chairperson of the Premier Soccer League and he is authorised to represent Premier Soccer League clubs as their chief,” he said.

CAPS United board chairperson Lewis Uriri, who was reinstated only last week, has been suspended again by Zifa.

“...Uriri remains suspended from all football activities after he rejected the association’s kind gesture to lift his suspension . . . Dube, Ndumiso Gumede, Philani Ncube and Jerry Sibanda also remain suspended until the next Zifa congress,” Chiyangwa said.

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