Premiership Clubs Petition Executive

PREMIER Soccer League (PSL) clubs have petitioned the league’s management committee for an emergency meeting over concerns relating to sponsorship and management restructuring.

Twelve out of the 16 clubs in the league signed the document which was handed over to PSL chairman Tapiwa Matangaidze this week. Four Matabelelend-based clubs did not sign “due to time factor”, although they are understood to have verbally communicated their support for the move.

Although high on the agenda is the immediate amendment of the PSL constitution to pave way for changes to the association’s management structure, the lack of an official sponsor for the ongoing 2009 season appear to be the driving factor behind the special general meeting request.

Coordinator Stan Kudenga, the Eagles Football Club director, disclosed that the sponsorship issue was upsetting clubs.

“As clubs we’ve been talking to few coperates who want to come in and sponsor the league, but they are concerned about corporate governance and the structures of the league, and I suppose even personalities,” said Kudenga.

He said the PSL constitution permits clubs to call for a special AGM to deal with pressing matters.

“We hope the management committee will support the wishes of the clubs,” he said.

Clubs interviewed by Independent Sport said they are surviving on donors and stipends from well-wishers to stay afloat. The smaller clubs are on the brink of collapse, with some having threatened not to fulfil some of their remaining fixtures due to viability problems.

Big teams have not been sparred either due to dwindling attendances at their matches.

In demanding ownership of the PSL, the clubs have proposed a board of governors made up of people from the clubs. The board will elect a chairman, who then appoints the chief executive.

“The issue is that we want to revive the structures of the PSL,” said Kudenga. “Basically what we are saying is clubs must get involved in the running of the league. The current structure where the league is run by a management committee of people who are divorced from the day-to-day running of the league is not ideal. They are never going to make the right policies.”

Matangaidze confirmed receipt of the letter yesterday.

“I have received it and I will call for a meeting in the next two weeks,” he said.

He however played down the clubs’ anxiety over sponsorship.

“The main reason (for the meeting) is to discuss the structures of the PSL,” Matangaidze said.

 

Enock Muchinjo