PSL Chief Executive Officer Kennedy Ndebele has revealed that, national team engagements as well as the knockout tournaments on the PSL programme do not give an opening for a break.
The national team is playing in the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations and 2014 World Cup qualifiers while Ndebele said they also have retained the Banc ABC sup8r and the Mbada Diamonds Cup in addition to the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League championship, fixtures which will have to be fulfilled in short space of time.
“Our challenge is that the programme is congested. Our national teams are involved, Dynamos are playing in the Caf Champions League and we have knockout tournaments which all have to be played before the beginning of December. So, we have decided that clubs will not take a rest as has been the case in the past,” said Ndebele.
The PSL supremo, however, said clubs will be given the opportunity to buy new players and sell excess baggage while fulfilling fixtures during the time they were supposed to be on mid-season break.
Ndebele says they have planned the season to end during the first week of December adding that in order to meet that deadline, they have to forego certain programmes like the mid season break.
In fact, Ndebele says between the end of last season in December and the start of the2012 season in March, clubs have had enough time to rest and prepare for this year’s soccer season.
The Premier Soccer League want to end the season in December as planned in order to give the Zimbabwe Football Association enough time to register clubs to represent Zimbabwe in Pan African football.
Zimbabwe has four representatives in African club football, two in the Caf Champions League and two in the Caf Confederation Cup.