The Premier Soccer League (PSL) will enter four teams in the 2011 Confederation of African Football (Caf) Champions League and the Confederations Cup in a bid to beat the continental body’s deadline before the season ends.
The Zimbabwean season has four games to go but the Caf deadline is on November 30, prompting the PSL to forward names to Zifa on Monday.
Motor Action lead the Premiership standings with Dynamos in second place and despite the Mighty Bulls having said they do not have the resources to play in Africa, they will be provisionally registered for the Champions League.
The headache is the Confederations Cup where the winners of the ill-fated BancABC Sup8r are still be to be decided as the winning team has an automatic ticket to Africa.
If Dynamos win the cup, they will forfeit the spot to Caps United, meaning whichever team finishes third in the league race stands a chance to play in Africa.
The race for third spot, according to the latest standings, is between two former champions Highlanders and Gunners and Hwange who are fifth while Monomotapa-the 2008 champions-are the dark horses.
If Zifa register any four clubs and they fail to participate, they will be banned from African competitions for two years.
On Wednesday, Caf sent a reminder to Zifa: “We remind you that engagement in Caf inter-clubs competitions including the name of your engaged club in – The 15th Edition of Caf Champions League, CL 2011- The 8th Confederation Cup, CC 2011 must reach the General Secretariat of CAF before November 30th, 2010.
PSL acting chief executive officer Kenny Ndebele said on Wednesday: “We are forwarding the names to Zifa on Monday and we will dwell on teams that have the possibilities of qualifying.
“For the Confederations Cup, that’s between Caps United and Dynamos.
“If there other issues with regard to that, that’s for Zifa to determine, but naturally the third-placed team can fill in that spot if another team secures two spots.”
On Sunday, Motor Action director Eric Rosen told our sister paper the Standard that they would approach government for financial support in the event that they qualify for the Champions League.
“We will do it our way. We are going to approach the government for assistance. Even if this has not happened before, there is always a beginning to everything and we want to lead the way,” Rosen was quoted as saying.
Dynamos, despite their well documented financial problems, have always found a way in Africa while Caps United have sought government and corporate assistance.
Highlanders have been left with debts because of that while Gunners and Monomotapa owners dug deep into their pockets.