SRC takes Zifa to task

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Harare Bu­reau

THE Sports and Recre­ation Com­mis­sion have re­quested Zifa to ex­plain their po­si­tion af­ter the coun­try’s mother football body came in col­li­sion course with the Premier Soccer League last week over the pro­mo­tion and rel­e­ga­tion rule.

Zifa coun­cil­lors last week or­dered the league to dis­card the res­o­lu­tion from last year’s An­nual Gen­eral Meet­ing where it was agreed that two teams will be rel­e­gated while the win­ners from the four di­vi­sion one re­gions will en­gage in play offs for the two slots.

The coun­cil­lors voted that PSL re­vert to the old sys­tem where four teams faced the chop at the end of the sea­son with the win­ners from the re­gions tak­ing au­to­matic spots in the topflight.

There was an up­roar espe­cially from the af­fected teams that in­clude Cha­pungu and Mutare City. How­ever, SRC act­ing Di­rec­tor-Gen­eral Joseph Muchechetere said he is look­ing to hold a meet­ing with Zifa Pres­i­dent Philip Chiyangwa af­ter their sched­uled ind­aba with the association’s act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive Joseph Ma­mutse failed to take place yes­ter­day. Chiyangwa was re­ported to be out of the coun­try.

“This is­sue is in the public do­main and we are hear­ing many things from dif­fer­ent an­gles and as sport reg­u­la­tory board we would want ev­ery­thing to be smooth.

“Un­for­tu­nately my col­leagues at Zifa weren’t pick­ing my phone. Prob­a­bly we may have to wait for Chiyangwa him­self be­cause we would want to hear from him the pol­icy po­si­tion of the association re­gard­ing this mat­ter.

“It is dif­fi­cult for the SRC to com­ment with­out ad­e­quate back­ground in­for­ma­tion. We need all the facts so that we can ap­ply our mind to that is­sue be­fore mak­ing a com­ment,” said Muchechetere.

“As you can see there is a con­flict al­ready among the stake­hold­ers. As the football lead­er­ship, they (Zifa) make the poli­cies. But when things change like this and there is con­flict, we would also want to know the cir­cum­stances.

“Oth­er­wise there is noth­ing wrong in the lead­er­ship to re­view their ear­lier de­ci­sions as long as it is in the best in­ter­est of the na­tion. So for now we are say­ing to Zifa please fur­nish us with your pol­icy po­si­tion on this mat­ter,” said Muchechetere.

The res­o­lu­tion to de­mote two teams was car­ried last year af­ter PSL ar­gued that rel­e­gat­ing four teams, which rep­re­sent 25 per­cent of the league, was not in the best in­ter­est of the topflight football as it caused in­sta­bil­ity and lack of con­ti­nu­ity in terms of de­vel­op­ment.

Chiyangwa ad­mit­ted there were chal­lenges be­tween Zifa and PSL and in­di­cated he will at­tempt to use his in­flu­ence to find a peace­ful so­lu­tion to the mat­ter.

“I will have to try, as quickly as pos­si­ble to find ways of en­sur­ing that the two par­ties find each other so that we don’t put our football into dis­re­pute,” he told our sis­ter pa­per The Her­ald.

Philip Chiyangwa

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