Fungayi Munyoro Sports Correspondent
PREMIER Soccer League (PSL) chief executive Kenny Ndebele was in Mutare last Friday to meet the ZIFA Eastern Region Division One top four teams to prepare the teams for 2018 Premier Soccer League. Ndebele also told the clubs that they have to be financially sound as they have to pay some huge sums of money.
“There is a lot that is needed in the top elite league. A club has to be financially stable. For affiliation, each club has to pay $6 325 while a deposit of $ 3 000 is needed first.
“Players are registered at $150 while the referees’ fee is $800 excluding transport. There are other funds as well. Each club must register 25 senior and five junior players,” he added. The PSL boss encouraged the entire division one sides to have junior clubs.
“There is need to have vibrant junior clubs. Each club must have a junior club as a feeder. It will also create employment for the young players. It is so important for the clubs to develop their own youngsters.
“A lot is needed in order for our football to go to greater heights. The teams must also have ladies teams that can actually play as curtain raisers.
“There is also need to have different training grounds. A team cannot use the same match ground to train every day,” he said. ZIFA Eastern Region chairman Davison Muchena said the induction workshop was really helpful.
“We called Ndebele to help our top four teams prepare for the 2018 season. As it is we do not know which team will gain promotion that is why we have decided to call the top four teams to attend.
“We really want our teams from this region to stay long in the league. We have discovered that the reason why most of our teams do not last in the league is that they lack proper planning and some do not know the PSL expectations.
“We really need to start planning now, we decided to have Ndebele to help us and give the clubs the knowledge that they lacked in the past years,” he said.