Planning in sport is everything

HARARE - Planning is the most important aspect of development in sport but it seems this is not the case with local football.

Last Wednesday, cellular services provider NetOne, launched a new knockout tournament named One Wallet Cup involving the top eight teams from the Castle Premiership.

At the launch, the draw for the tournament also took place with NetOne injecting $400 000 into the competition for the next three years.

NetOne should be commended for adding value to the Premiership by unveiling a new knockout tournament to replace the BancABC Sup8r Cup.

The only blemish with the One Wallet Cup is the fact that the tournament commenced yesterday only 48 hours after the draw was concluded.

With most of the teams set to travel long distances to play these matches, it left the coaches and players with only 24 hours to prepare for the first round of this competition.
Since the PSL and NetOne knew they were going to launch a new tournament this season, the draw should have been done earlier.

Take for example, the just-ended 2014 World Cup that took place in Brazil.

The draw for the 2014 World Cup was held last year on December 6, 2013 in Bahia, Brazil.

The tournament only kick started six months later which gave the participating teams enough time to prepare for the competition.

For the past few years, the PSL has been preaching that they want the league to be run in a professional manner.

The league is pushing its clubs to meet their licensing requirements in order for their registration to be recognised.

But this will be all in vain if the PSL continues to conduct its business like the way they handled the One Wallet Cup draw and launch.

How does the PSL think that the coaches will conduct their training sessions when 48 hours before kick-off they do not know who they will be playing against?

For the league to attract sponsorship and attract fans back to the stadia, the standard of play must rise to the expected levels.

At this rate, coaches will be forced to just employ negative tactics without looking or being afforded the chance to look and study their opponents.

At the moment, there are two more knockout competitions, yet to commence in the league, the Mbada Diamonds Cup and the Chibuku Super Cup.

The PSL should not wait to conduct the draw for these two competitions on the eve of the matches.

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