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PSL must stay focused


The Premier Soccer League (PSL) meets in Harare today for an executive meeting that seeks to get an update on the stalled BancABC Super Eight competition and prepare for the second half of the season.

The meeting will ook at the first half of the season, the Mbada Diamonds Cup preparations, the transfer window and general business of the league.

Since Twine Phiri took over the chairman of the board of governors, sponsors having been coming in droves to back the league and as we speak, we hear of murmurs that two banks have made inquiries.

Remember, the Supersport deal is still on the cards, despite some very nasty attempts, from a fellow governor, to scupper the deal. We stand with Phiri on this deal and if there is anything that can secure him a second term in office in the next elections, it will be him delivering this big deal to clubs. On this deal, Phiri is supposed to be getting all the support from board member (marketing) Eric Rosen.

But when Rosen decides to ambush his own league by making sure his team does not fulfill a league match, attempts to discipline the chief executive for sticking to the rules of the games, we find this not only absurd, but really crazy.

This is not marketing. Instead, its dirtying the game. Understandably, Rosen is still angry over the loss of three points from the never played match against Caps United, but this is no licence to personalise issues with the chief executive.

It is unfortunate that while Phiri has been working so hard to professionalise the league, some members of his board are working around the clock, getting involved in Nicodemus meetings to cut the chairmans legs his chief executive officer Kennedy Ndebele.

Dubious petitions are on circulation, one generated from a nocturnal meeting and supported by an obviously financially broke fellow and rejected by same administrators in the league.

Thank you.
In March, Phiri was forced to deny a plot to oust Ndebele after word was abuzz that some members were considered replacing the former Highlanders chairman with Swaziland National Football Association chief executive Frederick Mngomezulu.

Phiri and board member (development) Cuthbert Chitima, who is the Gunners owner, allegedly held talks with Mngomezulu when they travelled to Mbabane in March for FC Platinums Caf Champions league match against Green Mamba.

Then Phiri said: Ndebele is very safe.Ndebele wants things done to the book and I support him. That is the only way we can be successful and effective in the running of the game.

We hope, he will say so again this morning, because the hyenas will be out to disturb the smooth flow of the league.

Various sponsors, Castle Lager, BancABC and Mbada Diamonds Holdings, have found confidence in the current leadership and we would not allow that to be disrupted by corrupt thinkers, who are facing problems at their own clubs and seeking to vent their frustrations at the league.

We give thanks to all the clubs in the league for their professionalism during the first half and it is our wish that the second half with the incident free those that win, win freely, those that are broke, find ways to make money and those that are relegated, go back to Division One and fight back to the top again.

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