The newly-elected Zifa board has made a climbdown on its decision to boot out Premier Soccer League chairman Twine Phiri and order fresh elections for the topflight league, as well as women’s football.
The board, led by Phillip Chiyangwa, held its first meeting on Monday where it resolved among other moves to order elections at PSL to elect a new leader on the basis that Phiri was no longer the president at Caps United, after ceding ownership of the club to Farai Jere.
Chiyangwa made the announcement at a press conference, after deliberations at a meeting where Phiri was not invited.
According to the Zifa constitution the board comprises eight members, two of whom are leaders of the PSL and Women’s football.
There is also a president, and his deputy, who are elected by the congress, as well as four other board members.
The decision to order fresh elections stoked fires with the board coming under criticism, while Caps and the PSL backed Phiri.
Yesterday PSL secretary-general Kenny Ndebele said only the clubs could recall their chairman, adding that a governor was not necessarily supposed to be a club president or chairman.
The PSL constitution is clear that a governor can either be a club chairman or his deputy, which technically rules Phiri out.
Ndebele argued the league has allowed people who do not hold those positions to be govenors in the past.
Yesterday Zifa toned down its demands, asking the PSL and women’s football to appoint members to represent them on the board.
Zifa vice-president Omega Sibanda released a statement yesterday which reads in part: “Accordingly the Zifa Executive Committee in its inaugural meeting on the 7th of December 2015 duly resolved to direct both the Premier Soccer League and Zimbabwe Women’s Soccer League to promptly initiate the process of appointing members, who will be presented to Congress for installation, so that the executive committee of Zifa can be fully and properly constituted in terms of Article 32 of the Zifa statute.”
He argued that the process was necessitated by the October 3 resolution by Zifa councilors to withdraw the mandate of “all board members”, saying Phiri had not been installed by the congress as per the requirement of the Zifa laws.
“It is clear that on the 5th of December 2015 congress did not install any executive member appointed by the Premier Soccer League. The installation of an executive committee member by the congress who is appointed by the Premier Soccer League remains outstanding.”
He said an electoral report over the election process conducted last week would be produced today to deal with the Phiri issue.