Season changeover: Jere still hopeful

HARARE - The Premier Soccer League (PSL) president Farai Jere, insists local football stands to benefit massively if the league is aligned with other modern African leagues.

The Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) assembly on Sunday refused to adopt a resolution to change the PSL season calendar.

The PSL is pushing to align their calendar to that of the other leagues across the globe which runs between August and May.

And in the wake of the decision taken by the Zifa assembly not to adopt the resolution for a calendar changeover, Jere believes all hope is not lost though as the newly elected Zifa executive committee will also deliberate further on the issue.

The new Zifa leadership led by president Felton Kamambo is scheduled to have their first board meeting this Friday with the season changeover being one of the items to be discussed.

Jere is worried with the continued delay in the season changeover given the fact that most African leagues have since started to conform to this Caf Club Licencing requirement.

“The issue will be discussed further by the Zifa executive committee.

It’s not like it has been shot down completely. We will see when the new executive meet for their first board meeting,” Jere told the Daily News.

With the new Caf club competitions calendar moving to the August –May period, and other Southern African countries such as Zambia and Botswana also moving to align their football calendars, Jere feels the local league should not remain isolated.

The local league has over the years been running between March and November. Some people, however, are pointing to poor infrastructure as the biggest letdown to any efforts to align the local league with Caf dates.

Zimbabwe once tried to adopt the August-May calendar in the 1990-2000 season but it proved a big flop as rains washed away a number of matches due to poor drainage systems.
 

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