PSL clubs gang up against Zifa

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By Kevin Mapasure
The Premier Soccer League (PSL) has rubbished letters of suspension written to some of its governors by the Zifa board whose members have been banished by the Sports and Recreation Commission.

Zifa board members wrote to the Caps United, Dynamos, Highlanders, Manica Diamonds bosses as well as the PSL chief executive Kenny Ndebele, advising them of their suspension for calling an emergency general meeting whose agenda was the removal of some of the mother body’s executive committee members.

The PSL yesterday scoffed at the purported suspensions given that the Zifa board itself is on suspension which bars it form carrying out the soccer mother body’s business.

“The Premier Soccer League has noted with concern that some of the members of the suspended Zifa executive committee (Exco) have sent correspondence purportedly suspending the leaders of Caps United, Dynamos, Highlanders and Manica Diamonds together with the PSL chief executive Kennedy Ndebele,” the league wrote in a statement.

“The Premier Soccer League condemns this behaviour that is tantamount to vindictive and intimidatory tactics by the three suspended executive committee members.”

They questioned why PSL chairperson Farai Jere, who sits on the Zifa board, was not invited to the meeting.

“It is surprising that despite being a member of the suspended Zifa Exco, the PSL chairman Farai Jere was not invited to the board meeting which effected these suspensions. We would like to state that an attempt to divide the Premier Soccer League family would not be tolerated.

“It is on record that the Zifa executive committee and the Zifa chief executive were suspended by the Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) on November 16, 2021 and November 27, 2020, respectively. The suspensions of the said PSL officials are, therefore, illegal and of no force and effect.”

PSL clubs revealed that the decision to revoke the Zifa board members’ mandate by the governors was unanimous.

“The PSL governors unanimously agreed to petition the revocation of the mandate to executive committee members as provided in the Zifa statutes after observing a number of irregularities, these being poor governance, lack of transparency and failing to respect judicial bodies’ decisions, among a plethora of other issues. We stand by our suspended PSL board members and chief executive.”

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