firstname.lastname@example.orgTHERE is no end in sight to the stand-off between Zifa and the Premier Soccer League(PSL) over domestic football’s resumption amidst the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic as both sides dig in on their positions.
“We did not say football is starting in October, what we said is that we are proposing to start training September 15 and then start matches (league season) mid-October. That is the proposal we have presented to the SRC,” Gwesela told the Daily News yesterday.
PSL chief executive Kenny Ndebele said it’s premature for Zifa to come up with dates before knowing the outcome of their application before the SRC.
“Dates are difficult to frame because everything will depend on what the authorities say. I understand there are protocols to start training then the protocols for the resumption of competitions which makes it difficult to set any dates.“What if the proposals are turned down? And besides, there are a lot of consultations still to be done. On training yes, clubs can immediately start training but there are things to be considered like whether they can be able to meet expenses involved in this environment.“At the same though, everyone can set a date but it doesn’t mean it will be possible, it might be a no (from the government).“In as far as I’m concerned; there are some processes to be followed first which might include meetings and even training.”
Besides coming up with an opaque payment structure, the association has attracted the wrath of the PSL and their affiliates after converting the foreign currency into the volatile local currency.
Last week, Ndebele wrote to Zifa detailing the PSL’s disapproval of how they are handling the disbursements.