PSL rubbishes Zifa ‘suspensions’

The Premier Soccer League (PSL)

By Kevin Mapasure

The Premier Soccer League (PSL) has rubbished the letters of suspension to some the league 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 officer Kenny Ndebele advising them of suspensions for their roles in calling for an emergency general meeting whose mandate was to remove some of the mother body’s executive committee members.

The PSL released a statement expressing shock at the purported suspensions considering that the Zifa board members who are suspended themselves and cannot conduct the association’s business.

“The Premier Soccer League has noted with concern that some of the members of the suspended Zifa Executive Committee have sent correspondence purportedly suspending the leaders of Caps United FC, Dynamos FC, Highlanders FC and Manica Diamonds FC together with the PSL Chief Executive Officer, Mr Kennedy Ndebele,” the league wrote in a statement. “The Premier Soccer League condemns this shocking behaviour that is tantamount to vindictive and intimidatory tactics by the three suspended Executive Committee members.”

They questioned why PSL chairman 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 EXCO, the PSL Chairman, Farai Jere was not invited to this so called Board meeting which effected these suspensions. We would like to categorically state that an attempt to divide the Premier Soccer League family will not be tolerated.

It is on record that the ZIFA Executive Committee and the ZIFA Chief Executive Officer were suspended by the Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) on 16 November 2021 and 27 November 2020 respectively. The suspensions of the said PSL officials are therefore illegal and of no force and effect.”

PSl 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 the Judicial bodies’ decisions among a plethora of other issues. We stand by our suspended PSL board members and Chief Executive Officer.”