ZPC Kariba have finally been cleared to take part in the 2014 Castle Lager Premier Soccer League (PSL) by the Energy and Power Development ministry.
The Mashonaland West club had remained the only club yet to affiliate and submit registration documents with the PSL ahead of the deadline tomorrow and the 2014 season due to start next weekend.
PSL chief executive officer Kennedy Ndebele yesterday said ZPC Kariba had communicated to him that Energy and Power Development minister Dzikamai Mavhaire had cleared them and they would be furnishing the league with registration documents this morning.
“They phoned to say the minister has cleared them and they will be submitting their papers tomorrow (today) morning,” Ndebele said.
Earlier in the day, the PSL had said they would be left with no option, but to request Zifa to provide them with another team to take part in the 2014 season as ZPC Kariba had failed to affiliate and register their players without any reason forwarded.
ZPC Kariba was promoted to the PSL from the Zifa Northern Region, but will use Gwanzura Stadium in Harare as their home ground.
However, the club had not furnished the PSL with registration documentation by the provisional deadline of February 28. Last week, the club had asked the PSL for an extension and engaged Mashonaland West legislator Daniel Mackenzie to appeal to the league for redress, but the matter had been referred to Zifa by the PSL.
Ndebele said another team that was not up to date with player registration was Harare City, but the club had already affiliated to the league and they were not much worried about them because they already belong to the PSL.
ZPC Kariba were promoted together with Plumtree Chiefs from the Southern Region, Chapungu from the Central Region and Hippo Valley from the Eastern Region.
However, Plumtree Chiefs merged with Bantu Rovers.
In the merger deal, the Bantu Rovers’ name will be used in the PSL, while Plumtree Chiefs will be using Tshintsha Guluva’s Division One franchise.