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Clubs seek resolutions on sponsorship


Expectations are high from the Southern Region Premier Soccer League (PSL) clubs ahead of the special general meeting of the board of governors to be held in Harare tomorrow.

The PSL governors are expected to make resolutions on sponsorship agreements and deliberate on broadcasting rights at the meeting.
The feeling among most clubs is that sponsors of the league, Delta Beverages, who bankroll the league under the Castle Lager brand, must be respected.

Most likely to be on the table is the issue of financial institution BancABC’s sponsorship of football and their demands on how the eight-team BancABC Sup8r Cup should be run.

Hwange chairman Joseph Zulu said the management of football politics regarding the issue of sponsorship needed to be managed carefully.

“There are things that we need to be careful about. We just have to manage the politics and tread carefully as one group,” Zulu said.

Highlanders chairman Peter Dube was straight to the point: “Football must be the winner in this meeting.”

FC Platinum secretary-general Philemon Muvengwa, who will represent chairman Tadson Zhou had this to say: “It’s a special meeting and it is indeed a welcome idea, but as FC Platinum we will only be able to share our views when we come from the meeting.”

Chicken Inn chairman Lifa Ncube said they were expecting to get an update from the executive committee.

Tawanda Ruzive, Quelaton director, said he was optimistic about the meeting and expected a positive briefing from the executive committee coming from the league sponsors Delta Beverages.

“If you are called to a special meeting, it must be positive. We are expecting to have deliberations on institutions that sponsor clubs selectively.
Regarding the issue of broadcasting rights, it’s the way to go and if anything, clubs should benefit from that cause,” Ruzive said.

Kennedy Ndebele, the PSL chief executive officer, said the idea of the meeting is to come up with resolutions to harmonise sponsorship so as to clear areas of conflict between stakeholders.

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