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Marere future in the balance

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Former Dynamos striker Benjamin Marere will know which team he will play for today. Marere belongs to Northern Region Divison One outfit Highfield United, but was on loan to FC Platinum from last season.

He has been training with Caps United and the former champions are interested in signing him while Platinum are yet to issue him with a clearance. Platinum secretary-general Phil Muvengwa said yesterday it was still work in progress.

Caps United chief executive officer Maxwell Mironga said he was due to meet the Highfield leadership last night in a bid to thrash out a last-minute deal.

While the school of thought is that Marere fell out of favour with the Rahman Gumbo-coached team, the signing of youngsters Ali Sadiki and Mitchell Katsvairo and the experienced Allen Gahadzikwa could have seen him failing to face the competition.

A number of Premier Soccer League (PSL) teams were by yesterday evening still battling to register their squads for the coming season as the deadline for registration approached.

The deadline for all the 16 PSL teams to register their squads was at midnight but by evening yesterday, only two teams, Dynamos and Motor Action had submitted their squads to the main PSL offices. However, the two clubs had also submitted uncompleted lists with the Mighty Bulls having registered only 19 players while Dynamos had 20 on their list.

The PSL requires that a club submits a squad of 30 players, comprising 25 senior players and five juniors under the age of 20.

Dynamos and Motor Action were pressed to submit their squads as they were competing in the NetOne Charity Shield Cup, which required all the participants to have licences they would use for the rest of the league season.

PSL chief executive officer Kennedy Ndebele confirmed the snail pace at which teams were submitting their squad but remained optimistic all teams would have registered their players before the midnight deadline.

There is a lot of paperwork involved in registering players. Teams need to submit three copies for each players contract. They also need to have clearance letters for all the players they would have acquired from other clubs.

We have been very strict on the issue of contracts and clearances because we dont want to have a situation where players sign multiple contracts. We also check if the clearance is signed by the right person, preferably the teams secretary general, said Ndebele.

He added: Im aware of the challenges facing clubs in registering players. Most of them are to do with financial difficulties. Clubs have to pay players before they can sign and most of them dont have that money at the moment.

Some teams are submitting their lists at our regional offices so I cant give the actual number of teams that have completed the registration process. Everything will be clear today.

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