The 2012 PSL season is expected to start in March but the two feeder leagues to the PSL have been failing to deal with promotional chaos amid fears that this might delay the start of the new season.
Footballer Union of Zimbabwe (FUZ) secretary general, Paul Gundani said the delays in coming up with a solution is definitely going to disturb the start of the new season.
“If proper law channels are going to be followed, the outstanding issues may take time to be dealt with thereby delaying the start of the new season,” he said.
Gundani added that it was proving difficult for Zifa to exercise their powers because some of their board members had interets in certain clubs.
“It was going to be easy for Zifa to deal with these issues if Zifa’s board members had no direct interest in the clubs. Clubs and administrators should also desist from complaining at the end of every season. Clubs should raise alarm just after the match so that the accused clubs can be dealt with to avoid such incidents,” Gundani said.
Zimbabwe Soccer Coaches Association (Zisca) chairman Beki Nyoni also concurred with Gundani saying he foresees a disaster in the near future.
“Whoever is looking at this issue must know that whichever team is going to win the case is now going to play in the top flight league. These guys must deal with this issue now so that those declared champions in these two regions have time to prepare,” he said.
“We know the clubs that will be coming from lower regions have a tendency of beefing up their squads so when are they going to do that if the outcome is delayed?”
Gunners team manager Wellington Mupandare had an emotional approach to the matter as he blamed Zifa for treating these issues with kid gloves.
“I think Zifa has been lenient on these issues for a long time. What they should do is to relegate two teams and order the regions to put their houses in order,” Mupandare said.
“There must not be any promotions from these regions so that they can learn to follow rules the hard way. Clubs that finished on position 14 and 13 last year should be spared relegation.”
But PSL chief executive officer Kenny Ndebele offered a different view. He was optimistic that the outstanding issues will be concluded before the start of the new soccer season.
“At first I thought it was going to take time, but from what I am seeing now, these issues will be history very soon. We cannot continue to bend rules, rules and regulations have to be followed,” Ndebele said.
In the Central Region, Hardbody had points deducted at one point giving Tripple B the chance to get promotion, but they successful appealed and were given back their points. Tripple B has since appealed again.
In the Northern Region, DSTV Rangers lodged a complaint against Harare City who were the winners and successfully won the case as Harare City had 18 points docked. The city council team has however appealed against the ruling.