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Hectic PSL programme for players

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The 2012 Castle Lager Premier Soccer League (PSL) is likely to be disrupted owing to the busy national team schedule with champions Dynamos already having three outstanding matches.

The much-awaited week five league match between Highlanders and Dynamos, which had been slated for today at Barbourfields Stadium, has been postponed again while the week 11 midweek matches had already been put on hold.

Dynamos have been ordered to replay their week six match in which their bouncers assaulted Hwange coaches Nation Dube and Mebelo Njekwa at Rufaro Stadium on May 6.

Their week 10 fixture at the weekend against Harare City was put on ice, as they had three players Takesure Chinyama, Denver Mukamba and Partson Jaure taking part in the national team preparations for the 2014 Fifa World tie against Mozambique on Sunday, although Jaure was dropped at the last minute.

Following their exit from the Caf Champions League after the 7-1 aggregate thrashing at the hands of Tunisian giants Espérance, DeMbare will now play in the Confederation Cup and take on Angola’s Interclube in the qualifier for the mini-league phase with the first leg on July 1 and the reverse fixture on the weekend of July 13-15.

The Warriors clash with Burundi in the return leg of the crunch 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier this Sunday and if they cruise to the next round in the event they eliminate Burundi, another busy schedule awaits the national team, which could have a bearing on the PSL programme.

The Warriors have another assignment from July 21 to August 4, as they will be taking part in the Cosafa Senior Challenge Cup to be hosted by Malawi.

Two major tournaments in the local league, the eight-team BancABC Sup8r Cup and the 16-team Mbada Diamonds Cup, are yet to come.

The 2012 season was expected to end on the weekend of November 24-25.

PSL executive officer Kennedy Ndebele is, however, adamant the league programme will not be disturbed.

Although admitting that the hurdle could be Dynamos qualifying for the Confederation Cup mini-league phase, Ndebele said they had agreed with Zifa that for Cosafa, no club will have more than two players in the national team.

“All the postponed games will be played in time.
We cannot say anything about the Dynamos/Hwange match, as Dynamos are appealing the decision for that match to be replayed. Dynamos will play their week 10 match against Harare City next week. As for Cosafa, we have agreed with Zifa that no club will have more than two players in the national team and that tournament will (therefore) not affect the league,” Ndebele said.

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