Is the local PSL dropping in management standards?


ZVISHAVANE – The Premier Soccer League (PSL) under the stewardship of Kenny Ndebele is proving to be a fluke after a series of controversial decisions which has left a legion of fans wondering how it operates.

Recently, the PSL through its communications and media liaison officer, Kudzai Bare announced that the league has been delayed further due to the failure to secure adequate venues. That came as a shock to many as the league was supposed to commence as scheduled.

The shock was a result that during last year’s season the league was suspended over the issue of venues with eight Harare teams using the National Sports Stadium until Herentals opted to use Mandava Stadium the home of FC Platinum as their home ground which also Sheasham briefly used as their home ground.

While the shortage of usable stadia have been a thorn in the flesh for Zimbabwean football with the national team, the Warriors, currently playing their home matches outside the country because the country has no homologated stadiums that meet the CAF standards and FIFA at large, the PSL was expected to show shrewd planning.

The PSL should have considered that crisis before announcing the resumption dates.  They should have communicated and visited all teams in the league to inspect their home grounds before making announcements that can only invite ridicule for local football.  

Speaking to The Midweek Watch, soccer analyst, Emmanuel Moyo said Zimbabwean football is being killed by people who are just there for the sake of working but not developing football in the country.

“Zimbabwean football died when Supersport stopped operating in Zimbabwe, the quality of their broadcasting helped in improving performances and acquisition of foreign players among other things.

 Although there is ZTN Prime on DSTV, its not at the same level as that of Supersport.

The stadia issue would have been solved because quality broadcasting would have prompted teams to improve their facilities,” he said.

Indeed, the PSL should have learnt their lessons last season.

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