PSL outmuscles Zifa

HARARE – The Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) yesterday unsuccessfully tried to bloke the Castle Premiership from going ahead with its mid-week fixtures programme.

Zifa had tried to arm-twist the PSL to postpone all league matches to allow the national football sufficient team time to prepare for Sunday’s rescheduled Championship of African National (Chan) final qualifier against Zambia.

The Warriors are set to face Chipolopolo at Rufaro Stadium this Sunday after the original fixture was cancelled last following the late arrival of Cameroon match officials assigned to take charge of the match.

The PSL had been thrown into turmoil after Zifa ordered that all players in the Warriors squad for the game against Zambia report for camp by Tuesday night.

Zifa also tried to bar all referees from taking charge of the PSL, which also proved to be a futile attempt.

ON Wednesday, the football mother body threw in the towel and conceded defeat in a diplomatic manner.

“Zifa is pleased to announce that following fruitful discussion with the PSL, we have crafted a way forward,” Zifa said in a statement.

“PSL mid-week games will proceed as scheduled. All Warriors’ players called by the coach for national duty are expected in camp by tomorrow evening after the conclusion of the PSL games.

“Training will start on Friday. The PSL has also agreed to cancel all matches next week to enable the Warriors to prepare adequately for the Chan return leg set for Ndola in Zambia.

“It is also imperative to state that Zifa being the national football body has a responsibility to service all football portfolios PSL included.”

The local football governing body reiterated that there was no tension between them and the league.

“There is no bad blood between PSL and Zifa, which some sects of the media want the public to believe,” said Zifa.

“Disagreements are normal in any family. We always want to look for tangible solutions. The PSL is our child there is definitely no way were we can bulldoze.

“We also listen to what they say. We also want to see win-win situations in football.”

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