NEW PSL chairman elected

KWE KWE – Harare businessman Tapiwa Matangaidze crushed former secretary-general Mwandibuya Mutepfa to become the new Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League chairman at a heated election held in this midlands town at the weekend<


The 40-year-old owner of Division One outfit Eiffel Wild Cats polled nine votes to Mutepfa’s six after the 16 top-flight clubs had cast their vote. There was one spoilt paper in the polls presided over by Zimbabwe Football association Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Mashingaidze.

Former chairman Tendai Madzorera and his deputy Rodger Muhlwa did not seek re-election. Matangaidze immediately pledged to transform the viability of the cash-strapped Zimbabwe clubs in his victory speech.

“I want to thank the clubs for their confidence in me and I promise to work round the clock to convince the corporate world to support the sport”, he said. The premiership currently has no sponsor after Econet, a mobile cellular company owned by South Africa based businessman Strive Masiyiwa, pulled out owing to the bad image of the sport.

Mutepfa was sporting in defeat and conceded that the elections were free and fair. “The clubs have chosen somebody they think is fit to take care of their league. My campaign was for a win but I will still be available to assist if asked to do so,” said Mutepfa.

However the elections were nearly called off after some clubs were angered at the fact that they did not incorporate the AGM where there would have been a chairman’s and treasurer’s reports and the issue was only put to rest through a secret ballot. Nine clubs voted that the elections should go ahead as scheduled while seven felt that they should be deferred to March 11, the day that has been set aside for the AGM.

In the other posts, Willard Manyengavana was elected vice chairman unopposed as were committee members Kennedy Ndebele, Oliver Manyau, Joseph Goromonzi, Godfrey Japajapa and David Muchemwa who were also unchallenged.

Zifa elections will be held on March 17. – CAJ News

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