LONG-serving Talen Vision administrator Juma Phiri has set his eyes on a new challenge that will see him manage a sports consultancy firm, Skills View, whose thrust is player transfer, welfare and management with branches in Johannesburg and Bulawayo.
Contrary to widespread speculation that Juma was pushed out of ambitious Zifa Southern Region side Talen Vision, B-Metro has learnt that the veteran administrator will be co-director of Skills View Sports Consultancy with South Africa-based Kelvin Nkomo.
Nkomo is the son of Talen Vision president Khumbulani Nkomo.
“I’m still with the same family, but I resigned from my post at Talen Vision to concentrate on the consultancy business. I have assumed the role of co-director at Skills View Sports Consultancy which will be bankrolled by the same people that sponsor Talen Vision. At the consultancy firm, I will work hand in glove with South Africa-based Kelvin Nkomo,” said Phiri, a renowned former athlete whose 2.16m high jump record he set in June 1999 has stood for more than two decades.
“We have been dealing with players for so many years and with a view of taking more on board and taking some for trials. We thought it was prudent to come up with such a particular initiative.
“We are still in the process of consulting experts in that field and popular player agent George Deda has shown the will to help us. We are prepared to get more directions on this initiative,” added Juma.
He said they were also going to engage ex-Talen Vision technical director Miroslav Nemec to represent them in Slovakia.
“We think engaging Nemec will make it easy for us to get players going to Europe for trials,” said Phiri.
Phiri resigned from his post as Talen Vision publicity and marketing manager on Monday. The club advised on Tuesday that the club’s general manager Mkhululi Mthunzi had assumed publicity and marketing duties.
“FC Talen Vision would like to inform all members of the public, members of the business community, the football fraternity and all stakeholders that Mr Juma Phiri is no longer with the organisation.
“We would like to thank him for the enormous contributions he made towards building the brand Talen Vision and we wish him all the best in his future endeavours.
“In the meantime, Mr Mkhululi Mthunzi will be the acting publicity and marketing manager for the lungisa malini organisation,” read a Talen Vision statement.