Zim PSL reputation in tatters

HARARE - Our absence from the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations, coupled with our reigning player of the year’s failure to secure a contract at a lowly ranked European league, has exposed Zimbabwe’s Premier Soccer League for what it truly it is – weak and amateurish. 

Zimbabwe is not only absent as a national team at Africa’s biggest sporting showpiece but no player plying their trade in Zimbabwe is part of the 16 nations battling of honour in Equatorial Guinea.

It is, however, football leagues from almost every part of the African continent as well as far flung places in Europe that are represented at Africa’s premier football showcase.  

ZPC Kariba defender Dennis Dauda, voted Soccer Star of the Year last season, failed trials at Azerbaijan club Galaba FK.

At first glance and with monetary rewards on offer for a successful trial stint, one would think the world of the Azerbaijan Premier Soccer League.

Dauda had been billed to earn US$350 000 in net earnings per year had he secured the two-and-a –half-year contract.

But the lanky defender’s technical abilities were found wanting.

Reports from Azerbaijan suggest the ZPC stopper could not interpret basic principles of football, be it corner kicks, crossing or formations.

This sad reality puts into perspective the state of Zimbabwean football, pouring scorn on the quality of football in the country and the coaching methods players are subjected to.

What is more worrying is that Dauda did not fail to impress at a distinguished league in the calibre of La Liga, Bundesliga or Barclays Premiership.

He failed to make the grade in Azerbaijan.

Uefa club coefficient rankings based on the results of clubs competing in the five previous seasons of the Uefa Champions League and Uefa Europa League ranks Calaba FK No. 358 in the world.

These rankings were last updated last December.

Such are Calaba FK’s woes on the pitch that they have only made one appearance in Uefa Europa League since formation.

If we are to critic the quality of football in Azerbaijan by judging the performance of that country’s national team the results paint a gloomy picture.

World football governing body (Fifa) rankings last updated on January 8 show that Azerbaijan is ranked 136 in the world, 29 places below Zimbabwe who are ranked 107.

While our PSL’s best players are failing to make the grade in the humblest of leagues in Europe, they seem to have found a home in South Africa.

However, the writing is on the wall for most of Zimbabwe’s best players as soon as they touch down on South African soil.

Recently, 2012 Soccer Star of the Year Denver Mukamba took the great trek, joining Bidvest Wits from champions Dynamos but he struggled to cement a first team place before being loaned out to University of Pretoria.

His Dynamos teammate and that season’s golden boot winner, Rodrick Mutuma, also found himself in the woods having arrived at Bloemfontein Celtic with a huge reputation.

He was soon sent packing after failing to prove his worth in the City of Roses.

Their stories are just a tip of the iceberg of many players who return to the Castle PSL after being deemed excess to requirements in Absa Premiership.

Comments (3)

mmmmm sory big broo yo tym wll come hop u wl conter wel

pridemutayi - 20 January 2015

mmmmm sory big broo yo tym wll come hop u wl conter wel

pridemutayi - 20 January 2015

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