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2016 season delayed by clubs wrangle

Raymond Jaravaza
THE Premier Soccer League will announce fixtures for the 2016 season after consultations with the Zimbabwe Football Association, the chief executive officer of the PSL, Kennedy Ndebele, said.

“Zifa have given us their calendar and our season must be structured along that calendar we also have to slot in the Bob92 Cup, the ZNA Army Charities Shield as well as the Independence Cup, although we are yet to hear from Zifa and the Government on what plans there are for the Uhuru Cup this year,” said Ndebele.

The start of the 2016 season could be delayed by a wrangle between Masvingo United and Mutare City Rovers that is in the courts.

Last year Masvingo United successfully sought a court interdict to stop the coronation of Mutare City Rovers as the Eastern Region champions arguing the winners used an irregularly registered player in the run-up to the title.

The case drags on.

Football mother-body, Zifa, who normally frowns upon dragging football matters to the courts, have stepped in to conclude the promotional wrangle before the start of the new season as the Eastern Region, like other regions in the country, need a representative in the Premiership.

Southern Region has Bulawayo City FC while Ngezi Platinum is the Northern Region title holders. Border Strikers are the winners of the Central Region.

Zifa chief executive officer Jonathan Mashingaidze said the association had written to the Eastern Region requesting background information on the matter before appropriate action could be taken in terms of the statutory provision of the association’s statutes.