ZRP Beit­bridge pull out of CSL

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Love­more Zi­gara Gweru Cor­re­spon­dent

ZRP Beit­bridge are the third side to pull out of the Zifa Cen­tral Soc­cer League (CSL) after their en­tire ex­ec­u­tive and 15 play­ers were trans­ferred from the bor­der town re­cently.

The Zim­babwe Repub­lic Po­lice (ZRP) re­de­ployed about 500 of­fi­cers who were sta­tioned at Beit­bridge, a move that left the club, which mainly com­prises mem­bers of the po­lice force, in a quandary.

The pulling out of the bor­der town out­fit fol­lows that of NM Academy and Ha­bane Sharks from the same league ear­lier dur­ing the sea­son. ZRP Beit­bridge sec­re­tary Rus­sell Ma­juta con­firmed the club’s exit from the league.

“The trans­fers which were done mean that our club is now de­funct. Ev­ery­one was moved from Beit­bridge Dis­trict to var­i­ous sta­tions across the coun­try and about 15 po­lice play­ers were af­fected and all the ex­ec­u­tive mem­bers were also not spared,” he said.

“The club was not re­ceiv­ing funds from the ZRP and was en­tirely de­pend­ing on con­tri­bu­tions by ex­ec­u­tive mem­bers and mem­bers of the pub­lic.

“There­fore, with these chal­lenges we have been left with no op­tion but to with­draw our mem­ber­ship from the CSL,” added Ma­juta.

He said the club has writ­ten to the league man­age­ment ad­vis­ing them of the de­vel­op­ments. Con­tacted for com­ment, league chair­man Stan­ley Chapeta said there were yet to re­ceive of­fi­cial com­mu­ni­ca­tion from the club.

“I am yet to re­ceive the cor­re­spon­dence. I am sure the sec­re­tar­iat will fur­nish us with the de­tails when they re­ceive the let­ter but if it is true it is sad for the league and foot­ball at large,” said Chapeta.

The pulling out of ZRP Beit­bridge means that their league en­counter against Nichrut at Dulivhadz­imu that was sched­uled for to­day will not go ahead.

After ZRP Beit­bridge ful­filled more than half of their matches, the league man­age­ment might award all the 15 teams in the league three points on a three nil score line.

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