THE Electoral Committee meeting which had been scheduled for today to vet Premier Soccer League (PSL) election candidates has been postponed to next Wednesday because of the international weekend games that involve Dynamos, How Mine and the Mighty Warriors.
Dynamos will play AS Vita of DRC in the Caf Champions League at the National Sports Stadium while How Mine will face St Michel of the Seychelles at Barbourfields Stadium. The Mighty Warriors will meet Botswana in the second leg of the Africa Women’s Championship qualifier at Rufaro Stadium on Sunday.
Zifa lawyer Ralph Maganga said the meeting by the electoral committee to vet PSL candidates, Twine Phiri and Keni Mubaiwa for the elections had been postponed together with the women’s regional elections.
The regional women’s elections had been earmarked for this weekend, but Maganga said those elections will now be held simultaneously with the PSL polls on March 9.
“The electoral committee was supposed to meet tomorrow (today), but it has been postponed to Wednesday because of the weekend games. The elections for regional women which had also been scheduled for this weekend have been postponed as well to give way to the weekend games.
“These elections will now be held simultaneously with the PSL elections on March 9. The postponement of the date of the electoral committee meeting will not affect the date of elections because four days is enough for anyone who wants to appeal against the decision of the electoral committee,” Maganga said.
Zifa has set March 9 as the date for the PSL elections after they had been deferred to allow the league to align its constitution with that of the national soccer controlling body.
The PSL had put a request to Zifa to have their elections which had been scheduled for February 23 postponed to a later date to enable it to conclude its constitution amendment process, which was done last Saturday.
Phiri will lock horns with Dynamos boss Mubaiwa who has declared his interest to contest one of the biggest jobs in Zimbabwean football. Mubaiwa said his vision will be to bring in sponsors and ensure there is professionalism and transparency in running the top-flight league.
The incumbent PSL chair, who is also the Caps United president, is credited with sealing a three-year league sponsorship deal with Delta Beverages who have been sponsoring the league through their Castle Lager brand until December 31 last year and have already stated they will renew their deal before the season starts.
There were knockout tournaments like the Mbada Diamonds Cup and the BancABC Sup8r tourney and the SuperSport deal which saw local games being beamed live from various parts of the country. While BancABC has pulled out of the top eight competition, NetOne, who also sponsor the season-opening Charity Shield, have indicated their willingness to take over the competition.
But for now, it seems all the sponsors are holding on to the new deals until after the election.