PSL digs in as fiasco rages

THE Premier Soccer League (PSL) has warned clubs to obey football rules and regulations, in the wake of the Dynamos-Highlanders match fiasco at the weekend that has left the PSL and Zifa on a collision course.

BY HENRY MHARA

This comes after the PSL’s main sponsors, Delta Beverages, reportedly registered their displeasure at the way Zifa tried to handle the events from the feisty match on Sunday, which ended in a 1-1.

“We encourage our teams to adhere to the rules and regulations of the tournament. We urge our players to uphold the spirit of fair play and good sportsmanship throughout the tournament. I appeal to you to promote the interests of football,” PSL chief executive officer, Kennedy Ndebele said.

Dynamos striker, Christian Ntouba was red-carded for head-butting Highlanders defender, Peter Muduhwa, off the ball, in the dying minutes of the match played at Rufaro Stadium.

But Zifa, on Monday, shockingly nullified the red card after Dynamos wrote to the local football governing body complaining about the way referee, Arnold Ncube had handled the match, resulting in the expulsion of their striker.

However, the PSL on Tuesday reinstated Ntouba’s suspension, and he is set to miss his team’s next two matches, including the Harare derby against nemesis, Caps United at Rufaro on Sunday.

PSL and Zifa are currently working to find common ground on the debacle.

The debacle, which has dominated the football landscape this week, has reportedly infuriated sponsors, Delta Beverages and the PSL yesterday used the Chibuku Super Cup launch, also bankrolled by the same company, to ask clubs to obey the rules
This is not the first time that the PSL and Zifa have clashed over football rules and regulations. Last year, the two clashed over the number of teams to be relegated and promoted into the top-flight league.

According to new PSL rules, endorsed by the Zifa assembly, two teams were set to be dropped from the top-flight league, with an equal number promoted from Division One. But Zifa then made a U-turn midway through the season and demanded that four teams be relegated, with the same number promoted.

But after haggling for a long time, the two parties reached a compromise, where four teams were promoted and two relegated to the second-tier league.

The clash endangered the PSL sponsorship deal with Delta Beverages, who had threatened not to renew it.

They did renew the contract at the start of the season and the PSL yesterday thanked the beverage manufacturer for their continued support in the league and the Chibuku Super Cup.

Delta Beverages also launched a new trophy this year, Castle Lager Challenge Cup — which will be contested by league champions and the winners of the Chibuku Super Cup.

The PSL yesterday thanked the company for their continued support in developing the game in the country.

“I would want to express our hearty appreciation to Delta Beverages for their commitment to Zimbabwean football. Your continued support is playing a key role in developing our football. We hope that you continue to be an integral part of this tournament (Chibuku Super Cup) until the final whistle,” Ndebele said.

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20 Comments

  1. Fidza look for a way to disband this renegade PSL

    1. Disband PSL because they enforce football rules and standby what is legally right? To heelll with Fidza and his disrespect for laws and rules and his pathetic lack of knowldge of football, he is just a disgrace.

      1. You know very well that a Dembare player was slapped during the match and the referee turned a flipping blind eye to the incident, so what was wrong in reversing an innocent red card. PSL personal must be disciplined pronto.

        1. Football rules are very clear about retaliating during the game nomatter howmuch you are provoked, ask the great Zinedine Zidane

        2. Icho Charira kuZimbabwe

          ZIFA is administered through various committees and not by conmen masquerading as footbal administrators. Issues are discussed in boardrooms and not at some secret places with faceless and unknown people. Football administration is not a secret operation that must be conducted under cover of darkness.

  2. This whole saga is meant to distract people’s attention away from the dynamos fans who threw missiles on the day in question. Nothing is being said about that because its going to draw a big contrast in retrospect of what transpired at BF when the teams met. We are waiting to see if justice and sanity will ever prevail in our football

    1. Judging from what is happening Dynamos will go unpunnished for their fans throwing missiles. Some teams are immune to penalties becaus they have the support of the man who reverses red cards regardless of what the football rules say. Ngamanyala enyanyekayo lawa

  3. musafevhera madzvinu ana chiyangwa hamuzivi bhora. well done PSL for reinstating thev RED CARD

    1. FEKEFEKE kutya. Munorohwa chete kkkk

  4. Comment…Ndebele on point. When will this political party which claims to be a football team be treated like every one?

  5. Spot on @Suka. Dynamoms is a great team but these Chiyangwa and Shamhu clowns taint it with Gukurahundi strains. Phidza has proven to be the next thing to an idiot…

  6. Yaa Suka, you are sport on. Dynamos is a political party not a football team. Surely how can you reverse a clear red card like that. Remember the famous Zinedine Zidane vs Marterasi. In football you don’t take laws into your hands. Even if you are offended, the ref is the one with the final say.Chiyangwa you now want to rig football rules like what you used to do when you were in politics, this is now football with standard rules across the globe. Decisions are not made without proper consultations, and in this scenario, the PSL is the one with the decision not ZIFA. Thanks Mutasa for saying you will not field the player even if the red card was nullified by Fidza. You were going to cost the team for real.

    1. On Point sir thanks

  7. Yaa Suka, you are spot on. Dynamos is a political party not a football team. Surely how can you reverse a clear red card like that. Remember the famous Zinedine Zidane vs Marterasi. In football you don’t take laws into your hands. Even if you are offended, the ref is the one with the final say.Chiyangwa you now want to rig football rules like what you used to do when you were in politics, this is now football with standard rules across the globe. Decisions are not made without proper consultations, and in this scenario, the PSL is the one with the decision not ZIFA. Thanks Mutasa for saying you will not field the player even if the red card was nullified by Fidza. You were going to cost the team for real.

  8. Thumbs up to PSL for makng Phidza see the light!

  9. Comment…Bank rikapazwa mbavha dzotadza kubatwa iwe wopazawo wobatwa its not a defence that the first robbers were not caught.The same applies to this dynamos player. If your daughter is raped do you have to revenge with the same way??? Procedure and protocol guys not mahumbwe.

  10. I shudder to think that the outrage by Tshiyankwa at the scoreline may have been sparked by the thousands of dollars he bet for dynamos to beat Highlanders.

  11. Thus why it is called nhabvu not football because it is a game of fools from the ZIFA down to PSL. In football rules and regulations are adhered to. l will not support Zimbabwean football until we have credible leaders at ZIFA, PSL and also at club level. Pasi ne Zimbabwe nhabvu.

  12. Nxaaaaaaaa . Really? ZIFA Clowns! our politics is full of clowns and our sport is headed by clowns. We should introduce a degree in Clowning coz thats a career for many

  13. This president of zifa z not professional hez jumping the gun. Y does he involve himself in issues that have the psl @ heart. zifa n politics

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