Let the games begin!

HARARE - The 2014 Castle Premier Soccer League (PSL) season begins this weekend with football fans across the country hoping for another entertainment-filled campaign.

For three consecutive seasons the title race was tight and went to the wire — leaving the football community, particularly the fans — with a lot to smile about.

The 2013 Castle Lager season is very much fresh in their memories. The title was decided on the final day with the bonus being that the three contenders vying for honours were all in it until the 90th minute.

This is what the fans always yearn to see, a league that gives all the teams an equal opportunity to win the title.

The gap between the traditional big four teams has narrowed in recent seasons and the relegation dogfight has intensified over the years — giving the domestic league the competitiveness which had disappeared in the run-up to the 2008 season.

While we still remain behind in terms of modernising our game at a rapid pace, sponsors have confidence in the Twine Phiri-led league which they have given thumbs up, in these very difficult circumstances.

It is a seal of approval for what Phiri and colleagues are trying to achieve as they envision a lucrative league not in the too-distant-future.

The league’s title sponsor, Delta Beverages through their brand Castle Lager announced a three-year renewal with the PSL last month and increased the league’s prize money.

Title winners are guaranteed $100 000 up from the $70 000 that Dynamos received for winning the league in the past three seasons.

This should be a big incentive for the clubs to knock Dynamos off their perch.

South African satellite broadcaster, SuperSport will for the second season beam live a number of PSL games starting with today’s double header at Luveve Stadium where Bantu Rovers take on Black Rhinos at 1pm.

The Mbada Diamonds Cup and the top eight tournaments are on the cards to give the clubs more chances of silverware and cash.

Delta Beverages also launched the Chibuku Super Cup, a knockout tournament for all the 16 PSL clubs set to start in May.

The onus is now on the clubs to play to the best of their abilities and ensure that there is endless entertainment for the fans who will throng different stadia across the country.

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