Lack of television coverage not good for soccer – Chaminuka

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A Premier Soccer League (PSL) coach has bemoaned lack of live television coverage for PSL games, saying the current television blackout does not augur well for the development of the sport.

Saul Chaminuka, head coach of ambitious PSL club FC Victoria called for PSL matches to be screened live and argued it is only when matches are shown on national television that all mistakes done by match officials on the pitch could be scrutinised.

Chaminuka was commenting on the referee’s offside decision against Beaven Chikaka’s goal last Sunday when FC Victoria played struggling Bantu Rovers at White City Stadium.

The two teams eventually settled for a nil all draw.

“I am not happy at all about that decision. Of course a draw away from home is crucial but we were denied that goal. What we need is coverage of all matches so that such mistakes can be analysed across the board. People should see such mistakes so that they know that we do not just complain but we are let down by referees”, he said.

However, it is an open secret that the country’s only broadcaster, ZBC is not able to show live matches outside Harare because of lack of equipment, chief among them being lack of Outside Broadcast Vans.

As a result, a few delayed matches played in Harare have been shown since the start of the current season five weeks ago.

Chaminuka added that the local league should take a cue from the South African league in which almost all the matches are screened and analysed live on Soccer Zone, a programme on national television.

If local PSL matches are screened live, coaches could have a platform to scout for talent from other teams in the premiership as it is not practicable for them to move around the country to watch every match.