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Mubaiwa to fight another day

Losing Premier Soccer League (PSL) presidential candidate Keni Mubaiwa says he will contest the PSL chairmanship again in 2018, despite his heavy defeat at the hands of Highlanders supremo, Peter Dube.


Mubaiwa told Standardsport that his day would come, adding that he felt that day would come in 2018 when the PSL and other football bodies go into polls to elect new leaders.

“I believe my time will come. I still have two more years to prove to the clubs that I am the right man to lead them. My day will come, I am sure of that,” he said.

Ironically, there is no term for the chairmanship at Dynamos. Club executives are appointed by the club’s board of directors, headed by Bernard Marriot, who can sack or appoint the executive any time they deem necessary.

Should Mubaiwa lose his position at Dynamos, he will not be eligible for election as PSL boss as this position is reserved for a person who holds a position in one of the 16 clubs that make up the PSL assembly.

Mubaiwa, however, said he was there to stay at one of the biggest football teams in the country.

“I am at Dynamos to stay. I have given them four league championships, which no other chairman has done at the club,” he added.

The PSL chairmanship will become vacant in 2018, at the same time when there will also be elections for all affiliates of the Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa), including the Zifa board itself.

Dube said he would only decide whether to contest after looking at what the PSL would have achieved during his short tenure as PSL boss.

Zifa chairman Phillip Chiyangwa could also not be drawn into speaking about re-election come 2018, although sources close to him said the Harare businessman was happier in football than in politics.

The year 2018 would be the third time that Mubaiwa will be standing for the PSL chairmanship after he also lost to Twine Phiri by 12 to three votes in 2014.

He will also become the third person in Zimbabwean football history, alongside Lesley Gwindi, to have a try at the top post in Zimbabwean football.

Gwindi has, on three occasions, unsuccessfully contested the Zifa presidency.

He lost twice to Cuthbert Dube and recently to Phillip Chiyangwa.

The other person to have made double attempts was Chitungwiza businessman Lovemore Gijima Msindo, who lost twice in 1993 and 1997 to Leo Mugabe and later became a member of the executive of the Confederation of African Football.

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