HARARE will contribute the majority number of teams in the 2018 Premier soccer league campaign following the folding of Bulawayo-based mining team How Mine after its principal sponsor decided to review its corporate social responsibility strategy to community driven projects.
Before this shocking incident happened, Bulawayo had contributed a total of five teams into the league followed by Harare which had four outfits that were based in the capital city.
Dynamos FC, Caps United, Black Rhinos and Yadah FC are teams that hail from Harare and were part of the 2017 edition of the league while Chicken Inn, Highlanders, Bulawayo Chiefs, Bulawayo City and How Mine were set to represent the City of Kings and Queens this year.
But after a sudden turn of events, Harare City have bounced back into the PSL adding to the number of teams contributed by the country’s capital city after they clinched a franchise from the gold miners.
The move has had a negative effect on the City of Kings as How Mine players, mostly from Bulawayo are now left jobless.
Their hopes now lie with local teams but already Bosso has turned a blind eye on the issue as they have made it clear that they will not be adding any of the How Mine’s players into their squad which is now fondly known as ECD.
However, some Bosso faithfuls feel it was going to be ideal to rope in one or two experienced players from the now defunct How Mine
“Of course we are fully behind Madinda’s (Ndlovu) ideology of building the team around youngsters but I think the team will hold its own if there is a gunman and Musharu was going to be the best bet. Madinda should be wary that winning matches is also important because he might become unpopular if results elude him,” said a staunch supporter Boniface Ndlovu popularly known as Ndlovini.
In the past, Bosso has profited from the demise of its neighbours to come up with a powerful squad that went on the dominate the league. When the now defunct Eagles was on the verge of collapse, Highlanders took advantage of its dying neighbour and recruited players that went on to shine in both Bosso and Warriors colors.
These include Rahman Gumbo, Boy Ndlovu, Simon Ncube, Tanny Banda and Lazarus Mwambopo.
They also did the same with Olympics by bringing on board Tito Paketh, Amini Soma-Phiri and Tobias Mudyambanje.
But with the recent folding of How Mine, one will be left with a lot of questions with regards to what is happening to Zimbabwean football.
Earlier this year, Yadah FC was rumoured to be on the verge of selling their franchise to Hwange-based Zifa Southern Region outfit Makomo, as the owner of the team, prophet Walter Magaya was not making much profits from being part of the campaigners in the game.
The move was reportedly blocked by former Chicken Inn gaffer Gumbo, who recently assumed the role of head coach at Makomo and refused that his team buys the franchise as he believed he can take the team to the promised land.
Harare mayor, Benard Manyenyeni was reportedly against the move for Harare City to bounce back in the PSL as he argued that the team was spending a lot of the City Council’s money but making less profits.
When the team was relegated last year the mayor celebrated on Facebook.
Manyenyeni’s post on Facebook read: “When do you residents ever get to praise us?
“After blowing $6m chasing a ball all over the country, surely Hararians should congratulate us for being demoted from the Premier Soccer League last Saturday. We could buy any player any day and easily sit them on the bench,” he wrote.
“We had more coaches than underwear. We have pumped into the Sunshine City FC about six times the average team budget in the same league. We even rejected an all-in team management contract at 25% of our cost. Aren’t we lucky that it’s only ratepayers’ money! The money could have bought 60 garbage compactors which could have served the entire city for 10 years.”
Newbies Bulawayo Chiefs who boast of a sole sponsor that comes in the mould of businessman Lovemore Sibanda, were also suspected to be one of the teams that will not make it into the 2018 PSL owing to financial challenges.