Zifa takes over ap­point­ment of PSL ref­er­ees

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport Starts Here - Ricky Zililo Se­nior Sports Re­porter

ZIFA has taken over the ap­point­ment of ref­er­ees for the Cas­tle Lager Premier­ship fol­low­ing an ex­ec­u­tive meet­ing held in Harare last week­end.

Ref­er­ees ap­pointed by Zifa took charge of all mid­week games.

PSL chief ex­ec­u­tive officer Kennedy Nde­bele had tem­po­rar­ily taken over ap­point­ment of ref­er­ees in June af­ter the con­fu­sion sur­round­ing the for­ma­tion of the ill-fated National Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion of Zim­babwe (Nafaz) fol­low­ing the pur­ported dis­so­lu­tion of Zifa by its coun­cil.

Nafaz failed to stand the le­gal test and all of­fice bear­ers re­verted to Zifa as be­wil­der­ment con­tin­ued to en­gulf lo­cal foot­ball.

Xolisani Gwe­sela, Zifa com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager, said the as­so­ci­a­tion’s pres­i­dent Philip Chiyangwa is han­dling the ref­er­ees’ port­fo­lio pend­ing the ap­point­ment of a ref­er­ees’ com­mit­tee.

“A de­ci­sion was made at last week­end’s ex­ec­u­tive meet­ing that Zifa takes over ap­point­ments of ref­er­ees. All PSL matches played dur­ing the week were han­dled by match of­fi­cials ap­pointed by Zifa. At the mo­ment, all mat­ters in­volv­ing ref­er­ees are be­ing han­dled by the pres­i­dent (Chiyangwa) un­til a sub­stan­tive ref­er­ees’ com­mit­tee has been set. Names of peo­ple who will lead all the com­mit­tees will be re­vealed in due course,” said Gwe­sela.

The PSL said their de­ci­sion to take over the ap­point­ment of ref­er­ees was meant to pro­tect spon­sors and the league in the af­ter­math of con­fu­sion brewed by the at­tempted dis­so­lu­tion of Zifa and Nafaz’s still­birth.

Chiyangwa had dur­ing the Nafaz days ap­pointed PSL chair­man Peter Dube as head of the ref­er­ees’ com­mit­tee; which was against reg­u­la­tions on the or­gan­i­sa­tion of ref­er­ee­ing among Fifa mem­ber as­so­ci­a­tions.

Part of Ar­ti­cle 4 of the reg­u­la­tions reads: “. . .mem­bers may not be af­fil­i­ated to any clubs, league or any other foot­ball or­gan­i­sa­tion.”

With­out the ref­er­ees’ com­mit­tee, it has been dif­fi­cult to clas­sify the ref­er­ees in each cat­e­gory on the ba­sis of their per­for­mance in se­lected matches and pro­pose pro­mo­tions or de­mo­tions.

Other du­ties of the ref­er­ees’ com­mit­tee in­clude ap­point­ing match of­fi­cials, nom­i­nat­ing can­di­dates for the in­ter­na­tional list el­i­gi­ble to of­fi­ci­ate in in­ter­na­tional matches ac­cord­ing to Fifa reg­u­la­tions gov­ern­ing the reg­is­tra­tion of in­ter­na­tional ref­er­ees, as­sis­tant ref­er­ees, Fut­sal ref­er­ees and beach soc­cer ref­er­ees on Fifa’s lists.

The ref­er­ees’ com­mit­tee also has to en­sure lo­cal ref­er­ees com­ply with stan­dard ref­er­ee­ing meth­ods as es­tab­lished by Fifa for uni­form implementation of the laws of the game; ap­prove the ref­eree in­struc­tor and as­ses­sor pan­els as well as ap­prove ad­min­is­tra­tive reg­u­la­tions gov­ern­ing ref­er­ee­ing.

Zim­babwe ref­er­ees are in dan­ger of be­ing re­moved from the in­ter­na­tional panel, as they are yet to un­dergo train­ing clin­ics to fa­mil­iarise them with new changes of the game be­cause there has been no ref­er­ees’ com­mit­tee to or­gan­ise such pro­grammes since the present Zifa ad­min­is­tra­tion took of­fice in De­cem­ber.

Be­sides the ref­er­ees’ com­mit­tee, Chiyangwa is ex­pected to name heads of other com­mit­tees that in­clude fi­nance, au­dit, com­pe­ti­tions, tech­ni­cal and de­vel­op­ment, Fut­sal and beach soc­cer, and player sta­tus. — @ZililoR

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