PREMIER Soccer League bosses meet in Harare this morning as they take stock of the “opening half” of the 2013 title race and plan for a demanding second-half that will involve two local competitions and two regional championships.
After the executive meeting, to be chaired by chairman of the board of governors Twine Phiri, a meeting with the clubs will be organised. The league has gone for 13 rounds and resumes next Wednesday when teams play two games in five days to finish off the first half proper after a two-week break to cater for the Warriors’ 2014 World Cup assignments against Egypt and Guinea.
The BancABC Super Eight will kick off next month with the final set for August and will be followed by the Mbada Diamonds Cup. A squad of locally-based players will take part in the Cosafa Castle Cup in Zambia next month and the African Nations Championships (Chan) qualifiers.
PSL chief executive officer Kennedy Ndebele said in an interview yesterday: “We are basically reviewing what has happened so far in the league and starting preparations for the 2014 season.
“The meeting comes at a time when two crucial sub-committees, the marketing and finance have met. In terms of marketing, we are looking at sponsorship agreements for the next season, the rules and regulations and contracts that will enhance the PSL brand.
“The finance committee is looking at how to improve systems within the league. We need to install software to improve the accounting systems and we already have a full time bookkeeper who started work on June 1.
“Revenue collection from the gates also needs to be improved. We also need to improve on fans’ entry into various stadia, in other words overhaul the entire system.”
The local league might also need to adjust dates for the completion of the system in the event more than two players are selected from various clubs for the Cosafa and Chan championships.
“We have Cosafa and Chan, but we have no idea about the Zifa Cup. Chan will take four weekends and if more than three players from certain clubs are selected, we might need to adjust dates, but we have to do this in liaison with our sponsors and our broadcaster, Supersport,” Ndebele said.
While the league’s chiefs will be in the boardroom, league leaders Highlanders will engage Black Rhinos tomorrow at Barbourfields in a ZNA Charities match, Caps United have a date against Motor Action while Dynamos take on Monomotapa ahead of the resumption of matches next Wednesday.