By Sports Reporter
CAPS United owner Farai Jere is expected to take over as the new Premier Soccer League (PSL) chairman unopposed when the topflight body holds its elections on July 14.
Jere was announced as the only nominee for the post by the local football governing body Zifa’s Electoral Committee following the close of nominations on June 15.
“The ZIFA Electoral Committee convened on the 19th of June following the close of nominations for Beach Soccer, Futsal, Zimbabwe Women Soccer League (ZWSL) and the Premier Soccer League (PSL) on Friday 15 June 2018,” Zifa said in a statement.
Jere’s nomination will see him taking over from former Dynamos president Keni Mubaiwa, who resigned from his post with the Harare giants last month which automatically ended his reign at the helm of the topflight body.
Mubaiwa had been appointed as chairman of the PSL emergency committee following the suspension of ex-Highlanders; boss Peter Dube by the Philip Chiyangwa-led Zifa board over alleged misconduct in December 2016.
The PSL are among the five affiliates that will hold their elections on July 15 together with the Zimbabwe Women’s Soccer League (ZWSL), Beach Soccer and Futsal in the process culminating in the Zifa executive committee polls set for December 1.
The Philip Chiyangwa-led Zifa leadership has however been accused to allegedly micromanaging the affiliates’ elections in order to ensure the success of officials sympathetic to the incumbent ahead of the December plebiscite.
Chiyangwa has recently embarked on a crackdown on purported enemies of the current administration ahead of the elections.
Early this month former women’s football boss, Miriam Sibanda, a fierce critic of the current administration joined a long list of individuals that have been banned by Zifa, which automatically bars her from contesting for the ZWSL post.
Former Zifa bosses that include Vincent Pamire, Trevor Carelse Juul, Rafiq Khan and Cuthbert Dube former Zifa general secretary Jonathan Mashingaidze, together with former Zifa presidential aspirant Leslie Gwindi, former player John Phiri and ex-Zifa board member Fungai Chihuri have also been banned by the Chiyangwa-led association in the last six months.
Chiyangwa had until recently maintained that he still had two more years in office but was forced to eat the humble pie after Fifa ordered the local football controlling body to hold elections as soon as possible.
The Zifa and Cosafa boss beat Carelse-Juul, Gwindi and James Takavada on December 5, 2015 for the leadership of domestic football.
Below are the contenders that were cleared to contest in the respective affiliates in elections to be held on the 14th of July 2018.
PSL Chairperson – Jere Farai
ZWSL Chairperson- Rosemary Kanonge & Barbra Chikosi
ZWSL Vice Chairperson – Wilbert Rambanepasi
ZWSL Board Members – Msarah Beaullar, Mujuru Tafadzwa, Mahachi Panganai & Gorejena Brendah
Beach Soccer Chairperson – Musariri Joseph & Jonga Marshall
Futsal Chairperson – Chidhakwa Lovemore & Muzadzi Victor