A Zifa Assembly resolution passed on Saturday evening concluded that four teams will be promoted and demoted at the end of this season with only two rounds of games to be played. When the season began every club was officially informed that this year only two teams would be relegated and that and a similar number of teams from the four regional first divisions.
Zifa president Phillip Chiyangwa was reported to have been against the idea to reverse the resolution and stood in the PSL’s corner, even giving the PSL chairperson Peter Dube a platform to defend his constituency. However, Dube is said to have infuriated councillors when he said the PSL was not in a position to assume the costs of the national playoffs by itself as it relies on sponsorship from other companies.
Then 16 councillors, who are clearly all the PSL club representatives, voted for the idea to have two teams relegated. Unfortunately their vote could not carry the day as 24 councillors voted against the idea to relegate two teams but to revert to last year’s set up. 13 councillors abstained from the voting process, while five councillors were absent from the indaba, this did not affect the day’s proceedings making the resolution binding with the Zifa Assembly adopting it.
The Chronicle reports that Chiyangwa could not be reached for comment while the PSL chairman Dube said he cannot comment on a Zifa meeting.
Soccer24 managed to contact ZIFA spokesperson Xolisani Gwesela regarding the situation and he said,
A decision regarding that issue would be announced in due course.