Zifa target PSL chief Ndebele

HARARE - Zifa president Philip Chiyangwa is now going after Premier Soccer League (PSL) chief executive Kenny Ndebele as the bickering between the two bodies continues.

The two football bodies are already involved in a nasty battle that has reached the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) over the relegation and promotion of teams in the top flight league.

PSL and Highlanders chairperson Peter Dube has already been suspended by Zifa for failing to control clubs in this matter.

Bosso chief executive Ndumiso Gumede has also been expelled from all football activities by the Chiyangwa’s board.

CAPS United board chairperson Lewis Uriri, who is leading the club’s Cas application, has also been suspended.

It also appears that Ndebele is now next on Chiyangwa’s hit list as the Zifa boss continues with his crusade to whip the PSL into line.

Chiyangwa wrote to PSL acting-chairperson Kenni Mubaiwa instructing him institute disciplinary proceedings against Ndebele.

“You are required to interview and compile a report on the conduct of one...Ndebele, particularly the manner he has fostered and sponsored a breakdown of relationships between Zifa and the PSL members in violation of the Zifa constitution,” Chiyangwa said.

“You are therefore required to produce a report of his responses, in his presence, before the Zifa president at 2pm on the 16th of December 2016.”

Chiyangwa has also instructed Mubaiwa, who is the president of Premiership giants Dynamos, start working on a new PSL constitution that will be approved by Zifa and ensure that all clubs toe the line.

“Please note that your terms of reference are as follows: To ensure that Zifa members that are in the PSL fully comply with the Zifa constitution rules and regulations,” said the Harare businessman.

“That the views, concerns and issues affecting the PSL clubs are properly conveyed to Zifa through the executive committee and general secretary.

“Together with the Zifa Constitutional Review Committee, you are required to prepare for a constitution making process for the clubs of the PSL that must be approved by the executive committee and ultimately by congress and which must in all respects conform with the requirements of the Zifa constitution.”

Chiyangwa is also concerned with the nature of the PSL broadcasting deal with South African satellite channel SuperSport.

“You are mandated to pursue and negotiate local sponsorship deals for the PSL terms of which you must submit to Zifa before signing to avoid situations where the PSL is short-changed in any sponsorship deal,” he said.

“You are also mandated to explore the possibility of external sponsorship and partnerships but you must seek the approval of Zifa before conclusion of any such negations. In particular, you are required to avoid situations where illicit commissions and third parties benefit at the expense of the football structures as was the case when the SuperSport deal was signed.”   

Comments (3)

if PSL are an affiliate of ZIFA.It means they are subject to ZIFA Rules and Regulations.What they are doing at the moment an act of misconduct.Failure to obey lawful instructions from their mother body ZIFA.Dr Phil please deal with this PSL .Cut their tails short before it gets out of hand.

Obey Chiradza - 15 December 2016

Offside Obey.People like you are killing football.You must be getting bribes from Chiyangwa and you don't realise that Chiyangwa is destroying soccer and wants all soccer structures to be party of his business empire.The good corporate sponsorship that was negotiated by Ndebele with Delta is likely to come to an abrupt end.No corporate organisation worth its salt could be associated with such shenanigans brought by Chiyangwa in soccer administration. It is apparent that Chiyangwa wishes to chase away reputable corporate sponsors and romp in dubious sponsors like Chivayo.Chiyangwa now has brought with him in football administration the chaos which is rocking Zanu pf structures.It is traditional practice that there is no democratic discourse in Zanu pf.If one airs a view different from the party chef,it attracts the displeasure of the chef and one is slapped with suspension for insubordination. This is exactly what is obtaining in soccer at the present.

Gen. Spinola - 15 December 2016

People may attack Chiyangwa but the problem that we have is we seem to be satisfied with mediocrity,the Supersport deal is a deal that is not benefitting clubs at large but individuals within the PSL set up.However as soccer followers we became we were afforded the opportunity to watch local premiership in the comfort of our homes but if the truth be said the clubs are in a worse situation despite the presence of this broadcasting giant.Zambia,Kenya,Ghana and South African teams are benefitting positively from Supersport whilst Zimbabwean teams are being given a raw deal,hence i support Chiyangwa's intervation.

Glamourboy - 16 December 2016

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