PSL to set up Club Licensing committee

HARARE - The Premier Soccer League (PSL) is proposing the setting up of a Club Licensing Committee to be made up of former administrators with a reputable track record.

PSL chief executive officer Kenny Ndebele said: “We have a list of names we have proposed and we are just waiting for them to be approved by our body of governors. Without this committee in place then Club Licensing cannot take place because they are the ones who will implement the regulations. We are very keen for this committee to be established.”

Ndebele said they decided they cannot reveal the names of the individuals they have sought to be in this committee until the ratification by the PSL’s board of governors.

The league’s board of governors is made up of representatives from all the 16 clubs with CAPS United’s shareholder Twine Phiri in the role of chairman.  

At last month’s Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) combined Annual General Meeting and Extraordinary General Meeting, the PSL had proposed Club Licensing to be immediately implemented.

Under the headline Why Club Licensing is necessary? the PSL had said: “It is a way to introduce good governance, financial stability and transparency and setting minimum standards in football.

“To ensure safer infrastructure, encouragement of sporting values and a commitment to youth education and development. To create a stable basis for future club competitions in line with the objectives.”

If Club Licensing regulations come into effect, all clubs will have been vetted by Zifa in order to receive a conformity certificate to be allowed to be registered in the top two tier leagues.

In order to get this certificate, clubs must present their audited financial results, a clear junior development and medical policies.

Clubs will also be required to employ full-time staff responsible for day-to-day operations like marketing and press office.

Clubs will also be required to have a registered home ground and training facilities. In the event that they do not own these premises like the situation with most local clubs, then a lease agreement with the proprietor of the premises can be submitted.      

Zimbabwe is lagging behind in Club Licensing and was one of the countries urged to quickly employ these regulations by the Confederation of African Football (Caf) during their Executive Committee meeting at the weekend.

Caf said: “A special recognition was awarded to the Caf member associations that have already organised seminars for the institution of Club Licences. Those that have not yet done so were called upon to quickly align themselves.”

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