Harare City, team 16 in PSL

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Harare City was yesterday reconfirmed in the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League after they were given an all-clear by the Northern Region Appeals Committee.

No official confirmation could be obtained last night with the Northern Region Division One Soccer executive saying they had not yet apprised all affected parties.

They said they will announce the judgment this morning.

However, reliable sources yesterday revealed the Appeals Committee had upheld the earlier decision which had been initially appealed against by DStv Rangers.

Yesterday’s decision put a close to the long ragging saga that had threatened to derail the start of the Premier Soccer League.

The judgment also comes just a week after another protracted saga in the Central Region Division Soccer League between Hardbody and Tripple B was put to an end with the former promoted into the league.

Harare City’s promotion brings to four the number of teams from Division One promoted into the top-flight league. The other teams are Buffaloes from the Eastern Region, Quelaton from the Southern Region and Hardbody.

Initially, Harare City had been crowned Division One champions after finishing the league with 51 points from 26 games in October last year.

But DStv Rangers lodged a complaint with Zifa that the City Fathers had used an eligible player in Webster Muronda, who was initially on the books of AMC.

DStv claimed Muronda had been registered to play for AMC in the Zifa Eastern Region Division One, but then featured in six games for Harare City.

A three-member Zifa committee comprising chairman Misheck Hogwe, Andrew Pamire and Francis Mabika then deducted 18 points from Harare City’s tally giving DStv the sole ticket to the Premiership.

But, Harare City appealed against the decision to dock them 18 points. The Appeals Committee took the matter back to the Zifa Northern Region who made further investigations and found that Muronda had been off-loaded by AMC.