Although the current board of governors was elected to serve for the next four years, the amended PSL constitution dictates that members of the PSL board should come from the 16 teams that make up the PSL family.
This affects Lengthens majority shareholder Beadle Musa Gwasira whose team finished fourth from the bottom and has been relegated to the first division as well as Bantu Rovers chairman Sihlangu Dlodlo whose team finished rock bottom in
the league title race.
The other relegated teams Douglas Warriors and FC Victoria did not have members on the board of governors.
The PSL will also have to fill the vacancy that was left by Highlanders chairman Themba Ndlela who resigned from the board unhappy with the way the
abandoned semi-final match between his club and Dynamos was handled. Ndlela was vice chairman of the board.
Phiri said the constitution was clear on who is supposed to make up the leadership of the PSL.
He said only those with clubs in the PSL should make up the leadership of the 16 team family adding that elections will be held to fill the vacancies that have arisen. He, however, could not confirm when the elections would be held saying
this was a PSL assembly decision.
Although in the past anybody could get into the PSL executive through the ballot box, the teams early this year resolved to have a board of governors made up of officials or owners of the PSL clubs only.
This saw the elections of Phiri as chairman with Ndlela coming in as the vice chairman. Dynamos’ Harrison Mbewe was elected treasurer.
Gwasira came in as fixtures secretary while Gunners’ Cuthbert Chitima was elected board member development. Dlodlo, the Bantu Rovers chairman,
became the secretary-general.
The impending departure of Dlodlo and Gwasira comes at a time when the PSL is desperately in need of sponsorship after going for a season without any financial backing.
Although the league’s board of governors has continuously promised that a sponsor was in the offing, nothing tangible has come out of the promises.
The league’s champions Motor Action received nothing for their splendid efforts and will be going into the 2011 Caf Champions League once again supporting themselves financially from their own pockets.
Phiri, however, has promised that there have been positive developments in their negotiations for a sponsor for the 2011 soccer programme.