BY MUNYARADZI MADZOKERE
It’s going to be a big week for local football as it nears its return with training scheduled to commence on Friday for clubs, who would have completed the Covid-19 testing for players and staff.
This would be the first time that clubs, apart from FC Platinum, are training since December when teams took a break for the festive season.
But a spike in Covid-19 cases across the country led to the imposition of another lockdown, which has delayed the resumption of league football which was last played in in 2019.
According to the Premier Soccer League (PSL) clubs are expected to commence Covid testing tomorrow.
“We have been communicating with stakeholders for the past two weeks on the way forward and clubs have been told to begin training tomorrow. The testing process will be monitored by the PSL medical committee,” PSL spokesperson Kudzai Bare said.
“According to our roadmap training starts on April 2, but only for those clubs that would have done the testing and also paid their affiliation. Registration of players is supposed to start on April 1 while the start of competitions is scheduled for 16 May.”
According to Bare, payment of annual subscriptions for the clubs should be done by Wednesday this week.
“But as you know that the 2020 and 2021 season have been challenging for everyone, we are certainly going to be a bit more lenient with clubs this time around,” she said.
Local football was given the green light to commence activities by the government and the Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) a little under two weeks ago.
Except for the Castle Challenge Cup, national team assignments and FC Platinum on the African safari, no local football has been played in the country since the 2019 season concluded in December of that year.