Premiership clubs will only be allowed to register 25 players from the 2011season as the Premier Soccer League (PSL) moves towards implementing the Harare Declaration resolutions passed last year.
In the previous years, there was no limit on the number of players a club could register, although most stuck to 30, according to PSL chief executive officer Kennedy Ndebele.
Following the 2009 Win in Africa with Africa programme sponsored by Fifa, the clubs resolved that:
“A registration of a maximum of 25 players for all clubs of members affiliated to Zifa provided that this will include not more than three foreign players (who will also be subject established minimum standards criteria) and provided all registered players are professionally contracted to the club in conformity with relevant Zifa and PSL regulations.”
Said Ndebele: “This was supposed to be initiated at the beginning of this season, but will only be implemented next season. We are simply moving towards professionalising the league. Previously there has been no limit to the number of players registered but it will be 25 for all clubs next season.
“There were a lot of issues that were supposed to be implemented this year so those will be discussed during the annual general meeting (AGM) next year. If there were any challenges, the clubs will let us know and we will discuss that.”
Most clubs in the country do not have foreign players due to poor remuneration, save for Caps United who have Frank Addo in their books while Highlanders are also trying to register three foreign players for next season.
Four clubs: Mimosa (Central Region), Chicken Inn (Southern Region), Blue Ribbon (Northern Region) and Masvingo (Eastern Region) will be the new entrants into the Premiership.