ZIFA has plunged the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League (PSL) into a further fixture crisis after arm-twisting the top-flight league to postpone all matches to make way for hastily-organised heroes celebration matches across the country.
BY SPORTS REPORTER
The PSL announced yesterday that the weekend matches had been postponed and league action will resume when Caps United take on FC Platinum on Wednesday.
Predictably, Zifa has organised a match between Dynamos and Highlanders to be played in Harare, while Chicken Inn have been paired against Bulawayo City.
Zifa’s communication is not clear on who will bear the travelling costs and pay player allowances for these matches.
Caps United and Ngezi Platinum Stars, who had been scheduled to meet in a league match in Harare on Sunday, will still play each other, only that in the heroes celebrations.
Shabanie Mine and FC Platinum will clash in Zvishavane, while other centres will host matches featuring topflight and Division One teams.
Part of Zifa’s communication reads: “The Zimbabwe Football Association, in consultation with the ministry of Sport and Recreation, advises the nation at large and the football family that 31 football matches will be played across the country as part of this year’s Heroes’ Day commemorations. In that regard, all nine Premier Soccer League matches initially pencilled for 11 and 12 August have been rescheduled to a later date to accommodate the Heroes’ Day fixtures set to be played on August 14.”
The PSL is in a fix to see the programme out by the end of November. Caps United, who have played six matches less than other teams, are struggling to catch up and at this rate the season could spill into December, which would affect the registration of teams for next year’s Caf competitions.
Meanwhile, Ngezi Platinum Stars coach Tonderai Ndiraya has been named Coach of the Month for July.
Striker Terrence Dzvukamanja was named Player of the Month after a successful run during the period under review.