PSL Sets July As Transfer Window Period

This has been revealed by PSL Chief Executive Officer Kennedy Ndebele who says clubs will be offered the opportunity to register new players during this period although the league will not be going on the traditional mid-season break.

Normally, the mid season break is the same time that is also used for clubs to beef up their teams.

The PSL boss said although the market will be open during this period, clubs will not be allowed to overshoot the 25 players they are allowed to register for the season.

The clubs will also, says Ndebele, be reminded to adhere to the regulation to have five players aged below 20 years in their 25 member squads during the time they will be beefing up their squads.

Already the soccer fraternity is abuzz with rumours on who is moving to which club, and who is leaving which club. Some of the players have already started training with those clubs they are being linked with long before the transfer market itself has been opened.

Ndebele said they have decided to cancel the off season break because of a number of developments which have taken place in the PSL, and most importantly the coming in of new competitions.

Apart from the traditional Banc ABC Sup8r contest which is taking off the ground this weekend, Ndebele disclosed that they are close to signing a deal with a sponsor who is eager to bankroll a tournament that will feature all the 16 teams in the Premiership. This tournament, said Ndebele, will also need to be accommodated in the programme they had already set for this season.

Most of the clubs say there is nothing wrong with the cancellation of the mid season break saying there was no need for the players to rest since the season started just three months ago.

Ndebele said they have also considered the deadline of November 30 by the Confederation of African Football (Caf) to register clubs to represent Zimbabwe in the 2012 Caf Champions League and the Caf Confederations Cup. Zimbabwe has four representatives in Pan African football, two in the Caf Champions League and two in the Caf Confederations Cup.

As a result, Ndebele says, they would want their league programme to end as planned before November 30 in order to allow timely registration of the Zimbabwean clubs.

This, he said, would not be possible should they go ahead with the month long break, a period which can be used for clubs to play eight games each, two a week to cover up for the time that will be consumed by the new tournament.