THE Premier Soccer League (PSL) 2014 soccer season action will come into life on April 5 and 6 with the season opener pencilled for March 30.
PSL chief executive officer Kenny Ndebele confirmed the dates before adding that they were still working at luring sponsors to bankroll the league’s season opener tournament, the Charity Shield.
For the past three years, mobile network providers NetOne have been sponsoring the season opener, but with the pulling out of Sup8r Cup sponsors, BancABC NetOne is eyeing the takeover.
“We have set the weekend of April 5and 6 as the dates that our season will start. We have been running around to get sponsors for the season opener which have been hard to get. But we will always come up with a plan,” Ndebele said.
He added that in the event they failed to lure sponsors for the season opener, they had already put in place a programme in conjunction with Zifa that will see the top-four clubs from last year clashing in the Independence Trophy which would be used as the season opener.
“We have an alternative programme in place in the event that we do not get sponsors for the season opener. We will use the weekend of March 30 for the semi-finals of the Independence Cup. A draw will be conducted between the top four finishers from last year and they will play in the semi-finals to mark the opening of the league.”
He added: “We still have to meet Zifa, the Sport, Arts and Culture ministry and the Sports and Recreation Commission on this,” he said.
Ndebele said it was going to be a congested season once again as the last match of the season, the Mbada Diamonds Cup final would be played on December 20.
“This year we are going to have the Independence Cup, the Sup8r Cup a 16-team knockout tournament we are yet to announce as well as the Mbada Diamonds Cup. This means that we are going to have a congested season especially in September, October and November where we are going to have African qualifiers matches, two in each month making our life very difficult.”
Coaxed to reveal how they are going to deal with Caf registrations for the team that will participate in the Confederation Cup competitions, Ndebele said: “We will cross the bridge when we get there. We have been trying hard to squeeze the programme and this is the best that we could come up with. Like I said before, we still need to engage Zifa over the Caf calendar that we got and see if we can come up with an improved programme.”