SRC to meet Zifa

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Ricky Zililo

THE Sports and Recre­ation Com­mis­sion (SRC) will this morn­ing meet Zifa to be briefed on the pro­mo­tional play-offs im­passe.

Act­ing SRC di­rec­tor-gen­eral Joseph Muchechetere said the coun­try’s supreme sports body would meet Zifa’s act­ing gen­eral sec­re­tary Joseph Ma­mutse to get a briefing on the past week­end’s bizarre res­o­lu­tion to rel­e­gate four teams in vi­o­la­tion of a stand­ing agree­ment to chop two.

A 2015 agree­ment re­solved to drop two teams from the topflight and pro­mo­tional play-offs in­volv­ing win­ners of Zifa’s four re­gional leagues were to be held to de­ter­mine the two teams to take up the open PSL slots for the 2017 sea­son.

“I can’t com­ment with author­ity be­cause as SRC we’re yet to get a briefing on what tran­spired at the Zifa gen­eral meet­ing. I’ve been read­ing in the me­dia and the is­sue you are talk­ing about is in the pub­lic do­main. How­ever, I’ll be able to com­ment from an in­formed view after meet­ing Zifa’s act­ing gen­eral sec­re­tary (Ma­mutse) to­mor­row,” said Muchechetere.

Asked if it was proper to change the goal posts when the sea­son is about to end, Muchechetere said: “If it so hap­pened that they re­solved to change the goal­posts with two games to go, then that’s not sports­man­ship. What I know is that rules and reg­u­la­tions of any com­pe­ti­tion are com­mu­ni­cated at the be­gin­ning of the com­pe­ti­tion and if they’re to change, due no­tice should be given. Through the sys­tem com­mu­ni­cated, a spe­cial gen­eral meet­ing is called to dis­cuss mat­ters that might have arisen dur­ing the course of the com­pe­ti­tion. That’s how sports man­age­ment and sports gov­er­nance should be.”

What is clear is that re­gional chair­per­sons of Cen­tral, East­ern, North­ern and South­ern ar­eas have not been ne­go­ti­at­ing in good faith, as they knew from last year’s Zifa Assembly that a res­o­lu­tion stat­ing that two teams would be rel­e­gated from the PSL at the end of the 2016 sea­son was passed.

They went on to brief their af­fil­i­ates be­fore the start of the sea­son that the team that will top the re­spec­tive re­gional leagues will com­pete in the play-offs.

For the re­gional chair­per­sons to back­track on an ear­lier agree­ment at the Zifa Assembly, a month after hold­ing a meet­ing to reg­u­larise the play-offs, in­clud­ing com­ing up with the for­mat and dates for the pro­mo­tional play­offs, puz­zles many.

The re­gional bosses’ last meet­ing to plan for the play-offs was held on Septem­ber 10 in Chisip­ite. Prior to that, sev­eral meet­ings had been held.

The PSL has al­ready sub­mit­ted a $65 000 bud­get to cater for the pro­mo­tional play-offs.

Joseph Muchechetere

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