Zifa, PSL on collision course

HARARE - The Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) is on a collision course with the Premier Soccer League (PSL) after the association slated the Warriors’ friendly international against Zambia the same day that the Chibuku Super Cup final is being held.

Zifa president Philip Chiyangwa confirmed on Monday that the Warriors will face Chipolopolo on Saturday in the build-up to the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations to be held in Gabon next year.

The move seems to have raised fierce dissenting voices as Ngezi Platinum Stars and FC Platinum are set to clash on the same day in the Chibuku Super Cup final at Baobab Stadium.

The Daily News has since established that the final will go ahead as scheduled as all the bookings for the match were done some months back while Zifa is also insisting on holding the match the same day.

What remains of interest is how coach Kalisto Pasuwa will assemble the squad to face Zambia on Saturday.

The match against Zambia is supposed to give Pasuwa an opportunity to prepare his charges for tougher assignments in Gabon.

However, Pasuwa will not be able to field his best players that will certainly do duty at the tournament in Gabon.

The Fifa international match calendar allows clubs to release players from November 7 to 15.

This means Pasuwa will not have at his disposal all international players as they will be involved in important assignments with their respective club teams.

Even on the local front, Pasuwa can also not pick his best side as the teams will be within their rights to withhold their players.

Czech-based defender Costa Nhamoinesu’s Sparta Prague will be in action against Bohemians on Saturday in a league match while Marvellous Nakamba’s Vitesse have a date against Heracles on Sunday in Netherlands.

Also, Knowledge Musona’s K.V. Oostende is also in action on Saturday against Anderlecht.

Those who ply their trade in South Africa will be involved in the Telkom Cup at the weekend, leaving Pasuwa with the option to use locally-based players allowed to take part by their clubs.

Asked for comment, Zifa acting chief executive Joseph Mamutse was at pains to explain how Pasuwa will pick players to for the friendly match.

“This is a matter that has just come up so we are still polishing on some of the issues,” he said.

“We are trying to organise and see the best way forward. For now, the game will be played on Saturday. We are yet to look into how the coach will pick players but we will give you the position.

“Maybe you can talk to Gwesela (Xolisani) he will give you more information,” he said.

Zimbabwe were pooled in a tough Afcon Group B alongside African heavyweights Algeria, Senegal and Tunisia.

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