PSL pro­pos­als were il­le­gal

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Sikhum­buzo Moyo

THE zeal to get rid of for­mer Zifa pres­i­dent Cuth­bert Dube last year saw coun­cil­lors ac­com­mo­dat­ing an agenda item from a non-Zifa mem­ber to rel­e­gate two teams from the 16-club Premier Soc­cer League.

Six­teen months later, that mar­riage of con­ve­nience has come back to haunt Zim­bab­wean foot­ball, re­sult­ing in chaos brewed by Zifa that saw it sus­pend­ing PSL boss Peter Dube.

The Zifa coun­cil­lors con­ve­niently failed to note that the PSL, which put for­ward the pro­pos­als, is not a mem­ber of Zifa and to even con­sider its pro­posal was in vi­o­la­tion of the Zifa con­sti­tu­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to Ar­ti­cle 22, part (o) ar­eas of au­thor­ity, the congress has au­thor­ity to pass de­ci­sions at the re­quest of a mem­ber in ac­cor­dance with the Zifa statutes.

Mem­bers of Zifa are the 16 PSL clubs, and not the PSL, ac­cord­ing to Ar­ti­cle 10 of the Zifa con­sti­tu­tion.

Other mem­bers are the four re­gional Divi­sion One leagues, 10 pro­vin­cial leagues, four area zones, Naph and Nash, Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Ter­tiary In­sti­tu­tions, Zim­babwe Women Soc­cer League, beach soc­cer and FUT­SAL.

It fol­lows that the res­o­lu­tions made on July 25, 2015, to rel­e­gate two teams and have play-offs was made fol­low­ing a flawed con­sti­tu­tional process.

Item 20.2.1 o f the 2015 an­nual gen­eral meet­ing res­o­lu­tion stated that four teams would be pro­moted and four de­moted af­ter 2015 and two teams would be pro­moted and de­moted af­ter the 2016 sea­son with the PSL fund­ing the pro­mo­tional play-offs. “This whole thing was done in a rush all be­cause peo­ple wanted to get rid of Dube and some un­con­sti­tu­tional com­pro­mises were made, but un­for­tu­nately such things al­ways come back to haunt you like what is hap­pen­ing now,” said an observer. In the no­tice of an an­nual gen­eral meet­ing (AGM), which was ini­tially sup­posed to be held on June 27, 2015, there is no men­tion of a pro­posal by the PSL on the relegation is­sue, with the agenda is­sued by for­mer chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Jonathan Mashin­gaidze con­tain­ing 23 agenda items. The fourth re­minder, sent to mem­bers on June 1, 2015, also does not men­tion the PSL pro­pos­als. The June 27 AGM was then post­poned on the ad­vice of Fifa, who wrote to Zifa through its for­mer gen­eral sec­re­tary Jerome Val­cke on June 11, 2015, ad­vis­ing the na­tional as­so­ci­a­tion to hold a joint AGM and ex­tra­or­di­nary gen­eral meet­ing. On July 22, Mashin­gadze, in his no­tice of the joint meet­ing, then brought the PSL pro­pos­als. While the agenda of an or­di­nary congress can be al­tered, pro­vided two thirds of the mem­bers present at the congress and el­i­gi­ble to vote agree, the stick­ing point is that the PSL as an or­gan­i­sa­tion is not a mem­ber of Zifa and can there­fore not put for­ward statu­tory pro­pos­als. — @ skhu­moyo2000

Ndu­miso Gumede (left) and Mgcini Nkolomi

Peter Dube

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