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PSL goes professional


The Castle Lager Premier Soccer League (PSL) wants to improve the way they run their affairs ahead of the 2012 season.

According to a report in NewsDay’s possession titled “Preparations for the 2012 season” the PSL is trying to ensure that all clubs are run professionally by 2013.

“Members of the Assembly will recall that we met at Rainbow Towers Hotel in Harare from 30 November 2009 to 5th of December 2009 and undertook to take first steps towards professional football.

“We agreed to ensure that by 2013 our League and Clubs will be professional outfits. While efforts have been made to turn professional, there is a need to trace our steps and start to implement the resolutions agreed in 2009,” read part of the document.

According to the document all clubs participating in the PSL will be required to have fully furnished football offices by March 1 2012.

Clubs will also be expected to have bank accounts while also possessing proper books of accounts and it will become compulsory for all PSL clubs to submit their 2011 audited financial statements to the league by February next year.

The document also states that it will be compulsory for all clubs to register qualified medical personnel in accordance with the Zimbabwe Sports Medicine Committee requirements.

On the issue of player registration, clubs will be directed to register a maximum of 25 players, provided that this will include not more than three foreign players.

PSL clubs will also be expected to register one home ground for use during the 2012 season.

No club will be allowed to change home ground without a valid reason. The permissible reasons for change of home ground will be in case the stadium is banned by relevant authority or fails to meet minimum requirements.

In a bid to improve security, every club will be expected to have a team of properly trained stewards and marshals that will work closely with Zimbawe Republic Police to ensure the safety of referees, teams, officials and spectators.

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