PREMIER Soccer League chief executive officer Kenny Ndebele has taken a swipe at local authorities for failing to plough back into football.
By Brian Nkiwane
Ndebele spoke to Standardsport on Friday during the Chapungu/Harare City match which was screened live on the Supersport 9 channel.
“From the look of things, local authorities who in most cases make a killing from football by charging exorbitant fees for the use of stadiums have actually shown us that they cannot plough back into football. Just look at the state of the pitch on television where Chapungu are playing Harare City, that the state of the pitch leaves a lot to be desired,” fumed Ndebele.
Ndebele added that as an association, they expected local authorities to improve stadiums as a way of ploughing back into football which is contributing immensely to their coffers.
“Truly speaking, what do we want to show people from other countries? At times we end up seeing that some of these venues are even not ready to host live match coverage. We have had problems with markings at Gwanzura. In most cases, the pitch is attended to with all the teams having arrived and you would then ask yourself whether local authorities are not making enough from football. They should prioritise this area as such pitches can cause injuries to players.”
A similar problem has also been witnessed at Sakubva in Mutare.
Meanwhile, Ndebele confirmed that their first trial of electronic ticketing went on well and they would this week continue to use other products which were shortlisted during the tender verification process. “We used some of the products in the FC Platinum and Black Rhinos match in Zvishavane.
We also had another trial on the CAPS United and Shabanie Mine match at the National Sports Stadium and everything went well as we are still trying to identify loose ends. We will go ahead and use other product samples this week and after that, we will then make a decision on which product will suit us most,” he added.
The electronic ticketing system is said to be convenient as it reduces manpower as well as improving transparency.