Re­gional chair­per­sons meet over PSL play­offs

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Ricky Zililo Se­nior Sports Reporter

HEADS of the four Zifa Re­gions meet in Harare to­mor­row to dis­cuss lo­gis­tics for the end of sea­son Cas­tle Lager Premier Soc­cer League play-offs that will fea­ture their rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

Stan­ley Chapeta, chair­man of the Cen­tral Re­gion, the Eastern Re­gion’s Dav­i­son Muchena, Wil­lard Manyen­ga­vana of Eastern Re­gion and South­ern Re­gion boss Musa Man­daza con­vene in the cap­i­tal to de­lib­er­ate on the play-offs.

The PSL will axe two clubs at the end of the sea­son, mean­ing only two out of the four re­gional cham­pi­ons will be pro­moted into the topflight league af­ter the play-offs.

Man­daza said: “This is our first meeting where we want to try and fi­nalise things re­lated to the play-offs.

“We’ll have to come up with where the games will be played, talk about fund­ing, which is very crit­i­cal, and if the games are to be aired on tele­vi­sion we have to know about the broad­cast­ing rights, among other things.”

In all the four re­gions, for­mer PSL teams are at the top of their league ta­bles.

Bantu Rovers sit at the top of the South­ern Re­gion Divi­sion One League ta­ble with 41 points off 17 games and en­joy a six-point lead over sec­ond-placed Bu­l­awayo Chiefs.

In the North­ern Re­gion, army side Black Rhi­nos are run­away lead­ers with a 12-point gap over Her­en­tials. They have 52 points from 22 out­ings.

Sha­banie Mine lead the Cen­tral Re­gion ta­ble with 40 points, three ahead of Blan­ket Mine af­ter 20 games.

Buf­faloes are tied at the top of the Eastern Re­gion ta­ble on 46 points with Yadah af­ter 19 matches.

Man­daza said to­mor­row’s meeting also seeks to es­tab­lish the for­mat of the play-offs to avoid con­fu­sion at the end of the sea­son.

“We have to know whether the games will be played at one venue on the same day or they will be on a home and away ba­sis.

“Es­tab­lish­ing the for­mula now will also shed light on the fund­ing of the games be­cause there are lo­gis­tics is­sues like sta­dia hire, trans­porta­tion of teams and their ac­com­mo­da­tion, as well as ref­er­ees’ fees,” said Man­daza.

He de­fended the re­gional chair­men’s ini­tia­tive to drive the play-offs, say­ing Zifa are the cus­to­di­ans of the play-offs.

“It is true that a res­o­lu­tion was passed that PSL will fund the games, but this is a Zifa baby. As re­gions, we’re the ones pro­duc­ing teams for the PSL and as such we will chair and co­or­di­nate these play-offs,” said Man­daza — @ZililoR.

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