The Zimbabwe Football Association has constituted the Club Licensing decision making body, the First Instance Body, with the following members:
- Piraishe Mabhena – Chairperson
- Willard Manyengavana – Vice Chairperson
- Samkeliso Silengane – Member
- Nobioth Magwizi – Member
- Dennis Tshuma – Member
- Gilbert Saika – Member
Xolisani Gwesela is the Club Licensing manager and an ex-officio member of the body.
The committee met on Saturday 11 February 2017 and successfully conducted a productive workshop and came up with a framework for the licensing of Premier Soccer League (PSL) clubs in the 2017 season. Accordingly, PSL Clubs will be formally invited to apply to be licensed for the 2017 season.
The ZIFA Club Licensing system has the following objectives:
- Promoting and improving the quality and level of all football aspects in Zimbabwe;
- Ensuring that all clubs have the appropriate infrastructure, and knowledge in respect of management and organisation;
- Adapting and improving the clubs’ sporting infrastructure;
- Improving the economic and financial capacity of clubs through proper corporate governance and control;
- Ensuring and guaranteeing the continuity of international competitions for clubs during the season;
- Allowing parallel development and comparison among clubs by ensuring necessary compliance in terms of financial, sporting, legal, administrative and infrastructure criteria.
The Club Licensing System is based on five key criteria which are sporting, personnel and administrative, financial, infrastructure and legal. The Licences will be granted in tandem with the five key conditions.