Zimbabwe’s new season date set

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The Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League’s (ZPSL) new season is set to kick off on July 17.

The ZPSL made the announcement after an AGM held in Harare on Friday. The sponsors of the league, likely to be Delta Beverages, will be announced next week.

The league, which returns after a year-long Covid-19 forced hiatus, will be preceded by a Cup competition that will run for eight weeks from May 15.

The tournament will be played on a round-robin basis, with four groups playing at four different venues.

ZPSL spokesperson Kudzai Bare said the starting date does not mean the country’s football season is changing as the conclusion date should be determined by other factors.

“The PSL governors resolved that the league starts on 17 July. It doesn’t necessarily mean that we are changing the season. In terms of the end dates, we will see as times goes on because there will be a number of factors that will shape our competitions,’’ Bare said.

The Zimbabwe League traditionally runs between March and November. Bare confirmed that a sponsor had been secured for the precursor tournament.

“We have a tournament coming up, it’s a cluster competition with four groups in Bulawayo, Mutare, Harare and Zvishavane, starting the weekend of 15 May. We will be issuing out the fixture once we finalise everything with the sponsor. What is left is to finalise on the sponsorship package. In the days to come we will be announcing the sponsor,’’ she said.

The bad news, however, is that fans who have not witnessed local action since March 2020 will not be allowed into the stadiums for this month’s competition.

“For our competition we will have no fans in the stadiums, we will see how it goes when the league starts, if we are then allowed to have fans in the stadium we will do so. We have engaged a number of broadcasters so that our fans can watch the matches on television or listen on radio,’’ said Bare.

PSL clubs were expected to have submitted their squads by last Friday but the league will process player registration up to 15 May. Clubs are expected to register 25 senior players and five juniors.

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By FARPost Reporter

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