The Premier Soccer League (PSL) board of governors is a fantastic idea but the people running the league behave like politicians and not sports people, a former PSL official has said.
Former PSL secretary-general Sihlangu Dlodlo, who came into the league’s fray in March last year and changed portfolios two months later, had his tenure cut short when his club Bantu Rovers was bundled out of the league after ending the season in an embarrassing second from last position on the log.
In a wide-ranging interview on Tuesday, the Bantu Rovers chairman said football is not a difficult business if run according to Fifa statutes.
“From the experiences that I have, what actually happened is that we (the board of governors) started to have cracks and we started to have camps and we ran football like politicians and not sports people.
“Football is not a difficult business to run. Fifa has done a lot of homework. There is hardly any issue that cannot be found in Fifa books. What it takes is for people to be sober and stick to the book.
“It (the board of governors) is a fantastic idea but we did not run our football by the book. We started failing to listen to ourselves. While the idea is excellent, we had pressure because we belong to the PSL clubs. If we give it time and people mature, we will be able to deal with this issue properly and I am convinced that we have people who are passionate to do good things for football,” Dlodlo said.
The football administrator said it was unfortunate that the PSL had breached its own amended constitution by adopting the idea of the board of governors before the piece of document was ratified by the soccer governing body Zifa.
According to Dlodlo, the board of governors came into effect in June and the amended constitution was endorsed by Zifa in November meaning the board had always been functioning unconstitutionally.
Reads the final draft of the constitution, Article 51.5,6 and 7: “The text of all amendments to the Constitution shall be forwarded to all members and submitted to Zifa within 14 days of adoption and no amendments to the constitution or Rules shall be of any force or effect until ratified by the Zifa Board of Governors.
“ No provision of the this Constitution or Rules or any amendment thereof which conflicts with the provisions of the Zifa, CAF or Fifa statutes shall be of any force or effect irrespective of whether or it has been ratified by the Board of Governors. This Constitution shall not come into effect until and unless ratified and passed by the Zifa Assembly.”
Dlodlo admitted this breach and said there were so many challenges.
“The greatest challenge was a seamless transition from the old constitution to the new because all Zifa affiliates may not put into action any amended resolution until they are ratified by the Zifa Assembly.
“We got to a point where there was no Zifa council and the PSL had amended some clauses of the constitution. The previous (PSL) management committee should have lodged with Zifa a notice so that the Zifa council would ratify the amendment.
“Now we wanted to roll over to the new constitution and the PSL insisted we should roll over on good faith that Zifa would ratify these changes. We breached our own constitution,” Dlodlo said.
One of the members of the PSL board, Highlanders’ chairman, Themba Ndlela has since resigned after falling out with the others.