PSL clubs cry foul

HARARE - Premier Soccer League (PSL) clubs, who could be affected by the Zifa assembly’s decision to relegate four teams instead of two at the end of the season, came out guns blazing yesterday.

Winners from the country’s four regions — Northern, Southern, Eastern and Central — were supposed to battle it out in a play-off with the top two teams getting promotion to the top flight league.

However, Zifa councillors who met at the weekend, found themselves having to reverse a resolution they passed at their 2015 AGM.

On current log standings, it means Chapungu, Tsholotsho, Mutare City Rovers and already relegated Border Strikers will be playing in the second tier leagues next year.

Chapungu chief executive Chris Mukotekwa had no kind words for the Zifa councillors yesterday.

“To be honest with you as Chapungu we don’t subscribe to such highest level of unprofessionalism,” Mukotekwa said.

“They actually agreed that two teams will be demoted so what has changed now? I think these councillors need to be schooled on how to run football. It’s only two games before the season ends and...(they) want to turn the PSL into a Mickey Mouse league.

“They must know this is a serious professional league. There is need to respect corporate governance, professionalism and the quality of service. Who are they to say reverse what they once agreed to?”

He added that: “I have never seen this happen anywhere in the world. Why sudden change of events. You see that’s why our football is not progressing... They want to relegate 25 percent of the teams in the league seriously, does it make any sense?

“They are actually destroying our football. I don’t know where they are getting the power to challenge the PSL. They should be reminded that this is a serious football league and such level of incompetence must be dismissed with the highest bidder of contempt.”

Mutare City Rovers spokesperson Clayton Masekesa said: “As a team we are saying that’s unprofessional. It’s actually cowardice to say the least. We assume that the change at the last minute is strategically meant to benefit certain teams...while disadvantaging those who are already in the premiership.

“...how will they explain this to us that at the start of the season we were told only two teams will be relegated and they want to reverse it now? We hope that decision will not find the light of the day. We want justice to take its course in football matters.

“It’s sad that we have been fighting relegation with the view that two teams will be relegated. But some selfish decisions want to stifle our efforts.”

Comments (6)

i think guys you must relegate two teams and allow the newly promoted sides play in PSL having 18 teams . there is nothing wrong with that.

Forget Matewu - 1 November 2016

zvamava kuita vana phillip zvaakukonzeresa izvi. majaira nharo or kuda zvinopkonzeresa semuzanu chete chete, uku kubhora kwasiyana nezvematongerwo enyika. zvichakanganisa kutanga kweligi gore ra2017 zvikwata zvaakuenda kumatare, mungadai machindoita mitemo yenyu mitsva kutanga kwemakwikwi a2017, pane kuti mujaho waakupera mochinja magedhe. itai sevanhu vakuru, vamwe vanorarama nemutambo uyu zvokuti kuuraya kwamunenge maita. hongu betting handiinzwisisi asi kune vamwe vakatobheja kuti chikwata ichi neichi hazvibudi nekuti ligi yasara mitambo miviri chete imi maakuuya nemitemo yakapusa zvekuti kana vezvikoro zvekupuraimari havaiti matakanana/mamhuze/mahumbwe akadai.

munyimi - 1 November 2016

How can baba Mukotekwa be surprised by such irregularities when the country is in such a turmoil...confusion...goal post changing...literal reversing....It only happens in our beloved Zimbabwe.

laki - 1 November 2016

I think only two teams must be relagated and allow four teams from D1 to play toita 18 teams mu league... that's all

PRIDE REUBEN - 1 November 2016

Relegating 4 teams is fine, those who want to remain in the PSL must win matches. It is unfair to the Division one teams to go for play offs after topping their respective regions. Let them gain automatic promotion. If you want to relegate 2 teams, then lets have 2 division one leagues in Zim. You need to understand the frustration that happens in the first division after winning your regional league, then you go for play offs.

PK - 1 November 2016

please relegate 2(two) teams no need for playoffs.zifa should have a national league from which teams will be promoted into the elite psl league not on regional basis.

moffat mutize - 2 November 2016

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