The Premier Soccer League made history for the wrong reasons at the weekend after not more than 5 000 fans watched the seven matches that took place, amid calls that games should be suspended until the World Cup ends.
The scenario was always going to happen given the fact that the top flight league chose to compete directly with the biggest soccer fiesta, the World Cup, which is currently underway just next door in South Africa.
Very few supporters were eager to watch their local heroes like Tarisai Rukanda of Shabanie Mine scoring a brace in their 2-0 defeat of Lengthens on Sunday or Cuthbert Malajila once again doing what he knows best in Dynamos colours.
Instead, they decided to watch international stars such as Lionel Messi of Argentina, Dede Ayew of Ghana and Peter Osaze Odemwingie of Nigeria at home or in the fan parks that are across the country from Tsholotsho to Murehwa.
Dynamos, who are normally the cash cows for the unbranded entity recorded their worst attendance since independence as only 2 000 fans came to watch them in action against Bantu Rovers at Rufaro on Sunday.
In Bulawayo, the same thing happened to Highlanders as 1 200 fans bothered to witness their team’s 1-0 win over Moses Chunga’s Shooting Stars.
According to statistics from the PSL, Shabanie Mine had the third highest number of fans in their match against Lengthens with 700, followed by the clash between CAPS United and Hwange which had 500 people in attendance.
The match between Black Mambas and Eagles had a miserable 35 fans watching as was the duel between Douglas Warriors and Motor Action in Marondera.
FC Victoria were watched by 86 people in their game against Kiglon in Masvingo.
But as the fans stayed, Dynamos moved into top position, two points ahead of Motor Action while Shabanie Mine moved into third with 16 points.
At the bottom, Black Mambas are firmly at home,with eight matches and no win while Bantu Rovers and Lengthens are remain the relegation pit.
Saturday: CAPS United 0-0 Hwange, Black Mambas 0-1 Eagles, Douglas Warriors 1-0 Motor Action, Monomotapa-Gunners (not played)
Sunday: Dynamos 1-0 Bantu Rovers, Highlanders 1-0 Shooting Stars, Shabanie Mine 2-0 Lengthens, FC Victoria 0-0 Kiglon