'PSL fixtures out this week'

HARARE - The 2015 Castle Premiership fixtures will be unveiled “anytime” this week ahead of the proposed March 7 start to the new season.

PSL chief executive officer Kenny Ndebele told the Daily News that they are currently finalising the fixtures programme which will be tabled at the league’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) this weekend.

“The fixtures will be revealed anytime this week. We are currently working with our broadcaster to see how many matches they can show this season,” Ndebele said.

Last season, SuperSport broadcasted a total of 62 Castle Premiership matches and the league is hoping the figure will increase in 2015.

“It will all depend on how the broadcaster will schedule their programmes. Another issue we have is whether we will be able to host night matches,” said Ndebele.

At the moment, very few local stadia have the capacity to host matches under floodlights due to dilapidated infrastructure.

Load shedding, which is continually on the increase, is also another stumbling block while most clubs also cry foul over the high costs of switching on floodlights.

According to Ndebele, the issue regarding venues will also come under the spotlight at this week’s AGM.

“At the moment, we still have stadia like Sakubva, Ascot, Nyamhunga and Gwanzura which still have to be certified fit by the Zifa grounds committee,” he said.

“All these issues will be discussed at our AGM which will make recommendations ahead of the new season.

“We also have an issue with Barbourfields where the home team’s dugout was moved closer to the centre line during the renovations for the Youth Games.

“But some of the issues at these stadia are minor and can be sorted out before the season starts.

Newly-promoted Dongo Sawmills, who are based in Nyanga, will be using Vhengere Stadium in Rusape for their home matches.

The venue was inspected by the Zifa grounds committee, who made their recommendations to the Rusape Town Council.

“With Vhengere, I understand that the council is working on renovations and they will be complete soon. The Zifa grounds committee can return anytime to inspect the stadium.”

The PSL will also discuss aligning their rules and regulations with those of the Fifa and Zifa Statutes at their weekend AGM.

So far, only two cup competitions have been scheduled for this season; the Chibuku Super Cup and the Top Eight competition.

The Mbada Diamonds Cup, which had been pencilled to be the 2015 season curtain raiser, is still to be confirmed.

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