Phiri stays as PSL boss

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TWINE Phiri will remain as chairman of the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League (PSL) despite disposing off a controlling stake in Caps United.

BY SPORTS REPORTER

Phiri now owns 20% of the club while Farai Jere snapped up 80% last weekend to assume the presidency of the club, raising questions about the PSL chairman’s status at the top-flight league and on the Zifa board, which he quickly put to bed yesterday.

“It’s not an issue really. I am still a shareholder at Caps United and chairman of the PSL. I am just taking a back seat from the club,” Phiri said yesterday.

He sits on the Zifa board as a representative of the PSL.

Jere is the new president of the club, Lewis Uriri is the chairman of the board of directors, while Phiri heads the executive committee, which makes him still eligible to sit on the PSL board of governors and consequently, its chairman.

A source said: “A governor should be a president or chairman of a club, but a vice-chairman can still sit on the board if the club decides who should represent their interests. The league should be notified, and I don’t think that this is a problem.

“We have a similar situation at Buffaloes, where the club seconded its vice-chairman to the board of governors.

“It does not automatically follow that if one is not president or chairman, he or she cannot sit on the board.

“Caps United have to write to PSL and inform it that their governor remains Mr Phiri and can continue in that capacity.”

Phiri won elections last year for his second term in office after beating Dynamos president Keni Mubaiwa.

Phiri is deputised by Highlanders chairman Peter Dube.

The former Caps United owner has overseen massive growth in the league despite a poor performing economy with sponsors Delta Beverages funding the league and one of their brands Chibuku sponsoring a 16-team knockout tournament, television broadcast partners SuperSport coming in and NetOne sponsoring the top eight OneWallet Cup.

His latest achievement has been the acquisition of the Eastlea offices they have been renting for almost a decade as one of their properties.