NRSL warns struggling clubs

HARARE - Northern Region Soccer League (NRSL) division one secretary-general Sweeney Mushonga has warned clubs demoted from the Castle Premiership and those promoted from the third-tier that they will be deregistered if they fail to prove their financial stability.

 “Teams promoted or demoted should be able to show their preparedness in terms of whether they have the finances and player base to compete in our league,” Mushonga said, adding: “It’s pointless to allow teams to register and then at the end of the day they are not able to fulfil fixtures.”
To gauge preparedness, clubs will undergo an induction course in the first and second week of January.
The induction course will include a screening exercise to weed out incompetent clubs.

The PSL have taken a similar route and are currently holding a two day induction course for newly promoted sides Tripple B, How Mine, Triangle and Black Rhinos.

“Actually the PSL has taken a leaf from us,” claims Mushonga.  

“We told (PSL chief executive) Kenny (Ndebele) about our annual induction courses and I see now that they are implementing it.”

Last season La Liga and Shooting Stars pulled out of the NRSL before its commencement owing to financial constraints leaving the league to contest amongst 16 teams.

The 2012 PSL season saw the demotion of Gunners and Blue Rangers from the northern region.

At this stage it looks like Gunners will take up their NRSL spot while Rangers have put their franchise on the market owing to financial constraints.

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