By Brain Murandu
THE “southern region factor” could prove decisive in swaying votes in tomorrow’s Premier Soccer League (PSL) elections for a new management committee.
The top-flight league votes to fill the posts of chairma
n, vice-chairman, fixtures secretary and committee member.
With Zimbabwe’s southern region boasting 10 of the 16 PSL teams, the issue of vested interests to be “protected” could come into play in the battle for the crucial posts.
Ex-Dynamos and PSL secretary-general Leslie Gwindi has been heavily tipped to come tops in the chairmanship race but regionalism threatens to derail him.
Gwindi squares up against acting PSL chairman and former Amazulu secretary Tendai Madzorera as well as former Black Rhinos boss Justin Mujaji.
Madzorera, who assumed the top post after Rafik Khan’s ascendancy to the Zimbabwe Football Association’s chairmanship, could bank on his southern region links and those of the electorate who prefer continuity.
Outsider Mujaji could romp home courtesy of split votes.
Former Highlanders chairman Rodger Muhlwa, who lost to Kennedy Ndebele in recent elections to lead Bosso, battles against ex-Caps United secretary-general Wellington Chandofor the vice-chairmanship.
Close followers of the PSL elections have said it would be a miscarriage of justice if Chando does not land the post after he quit his post at the Harare giants as per constitutional obligations ahead of the polls initially slated for February 28.
Ex-Shabanie Mine secretary Desire Jamu faces forgotten former Dynamos official Godfrey Japajapa for the fixtures job, while the Bulawayo duo of ex-Zimbabwe Saints administrator Trynos Makiwa and former Railstars chairman Nthando Gumede compete for the committee member’s position.
The PSL elections will be held in conjunction with a referees’ refresher course which has led to the postponement of tomorrow’s league encounters.
Meanwhile, troubled Dynamos visit Bulawayo to face Sundowns today at Luveve Stadium in a match that has been brought forward.
But real action in Bulawayo comes on Sunday at Barbourfields Stadium where city archrivals Highlanders and titleholders AmaZulu clash.
There is no love lost between the two Bulawayo giants following a dispute on registration of Zambian striker, Kevin Chisa, earlier in the season.
However Amazulu, who took part in club continental games, have to start picking up points to show their resolve to retain the championship while Highlanders would hate to lose the derby.
Runaway log leaders Caps United entertain struggling debutantes Kwekwe Cables at the National Sports Stadium on Sunday.
Today the PSL, in conjunction with mail delivery services courier Mailnet, launches the coach of the month award ceremony in the capital.
Both parties, due to contractual obligations, refused to shed light ahead of the unveiling of the sponsorship package this morning.