IN another first for the local league, the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League (PSL) has appointed a public prosecutor Sikhangele Mahlamvana to serve in their disciplinary committee as the topflight league management seeks to have a truly independent disciplinary body. TAWANDA TAFIRENYIKA SPORTS CORRESPONDENT
The league management aware of the need to have a gender balance, has drafted in another female legal practitioner Doreen Gapare in their disciplinary committee. The PSL disciplinary committee is chaired by Don Moyo a legal practitioner, retired referee Brighton Mudzamiri and Vusilizwe Vuma.
PSL chief executive Kenny Ndebele said the decision to appoint a prosecutor was aimed at separating the disciplinary committee from the secretariat and the board.
“We have drafted in two more people in the disciplinary committee. We have appointed a public prosecutor Sikhangele Mahlamvana to the disciplinary committee and have also drafted in another female legal practitioner Doreen Gapare to ensure there is a gender balance. The overall objective of the appointments is to try and ensure that the disciplinary committee was independent from the board and the secretariat. We have had situations before where a club brought before the disciplinary committee is represented by an official who is also part of the board of governors which in most cases the secretariat finds difficult to prosecute,” Ndebele said.
The PSL disciplinary committee is expected to make a ruling on the Caps United disciplinary hearing following an incident in which urine was sprinkled on Buffaloes goal area during the league match at Gwanzura Stadium on 20 April. It’s the first disciplinary hearing for the 2014 soccer season.
Their star player Hardlife Zvirekwi is also set to appear before the league’s disciplinary committee as he is alleged to have been involved in the embarrassing incident which the league management has described as a bad advertisement for the local game.
The PSL disciplinary committee is, however, still to set a date for the hearing of the case.