THE Zifa Southern Region has postponed the 2018 season kick-off by a week to 14/ 15 April to allow clubs to confirm participation by paying commitment fees.
The new season had been pencilled to start this weekend.
Most of the clubs have paid $1 000 commitment fee each and are expected to pay the balance in affiliation costs as the season progresses.
a�?We had no choice but postpone the season kick-off by a week to give a bit of time to the remainder of clubs to pay their commitment fees.
a�?The deadline has been set for Friday and the full season fixtures will be released to allow teams to plan for the new campaign accordingly,a�? said league chairman Musa Mandaza.
All eyes will be on relegated Tsholotsho and Hwange FC as the two former Premier Soccer League teams look for a quick return to top-flight football next year.
Who will blink first?
Nation Dube, the man widely viewed as a Hwange FC son, has been re-hired as head coach to guide the team through the rigorous Division One campaign.
The Hwange FC executive expects nothing short of winning the Zifa Southern Region title. Failure will certainly see Dube join the unemployment train.
a�?As a club we are still haunted by relegation from the elite league and preparations started early when we turned to our son Nation,a�? said Hwange FC chairman Butholezwe Dube.
The team lost head Darlington Dodo to PSL side Bulawayo City at the beginning of the year and roped in Joseph Sibindi.
Last year Sibindi briefly worked at Bantu Rovers holding the fort in the absence of former head coach and co-owner Methembe Ndlovu.
a�?We are the strongest of all the teams looking for promotion into the PSL next year,a�? joked Tsholotsho chairman Mlamuli Phiri.
Phiri reckons moving back to Tsholotsho Stadium will give his team an edge over their opponents when playing at home as the side commands huge support in their Matabeleland North base.