Pro­mo­tional play-offs to be played over three days

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Sikhum­buzo Moyo Se­nior Sports Re­porter

THE Premier Soc­cer League has pro­posed the pro­mo­tional play-offs for the four teams that will win the Di­vi­sion One cham­pi­onships in the four foot­ball re­gions to be played over three days.

Un­like in pre­vi­ous years when win­ning the Di­vi­sion One ti­tle guar­an­teed a team au­to­matic en­try into the Pre­mier­ship, as four team from the top tier league have nor­mally been rel­e­gated, this year only two teams will be chopped and an equal num­ber from the sec­ond tier league will get pro­moted.

Ac­cord­ing to a PSL ac­tiv­ity re­port pre­sented to the board of gov­er­nors dur­ing a meet­ing in Harare last week­end, the league wants the play-offs to be played at one venue with the first matches played on a Wed­nes­day, sec­ond on Fri­day and the fi­nal matches on Sun­day. A round robin sys­tem will be used.

The venue for the pro­mo­tional play-offs or even the dates has not been fi­nalised al­though sources said a Mid­lands venue was likely.

The iden­tity of the win­ners has to be known be­fore end of Novem­ber, the same month that the Pre­mier­ship sea­son is ex­pected to wrap up so that play­ers can be al­lowed to rest be­fore the 2017 sea­son which is set to have an early kick­off in Fe­bru­ary, just af­ter the To­tal African Na­tions Cup fi­nals.

“From the dis­cus­sions it looks like all the matches will be beamed live on Su­perS­port while a lead­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tions cor­po­rate has been ap­proached with a view of com­ing up with some form of spon­sor­ship for the play-offs,” said a source.

While the PSL has pro­posed a three day pro­mo­tional play-offs, Zifa al­legedly want the games to be spread over three weeks on a home and away set-up, some­thing which could prove fi­nan­cially drain­ing for the clubs and prone to match ma­nip­u­la­tion.

“We will have a po­si­tion some­time next week, the PSL has not com­mu­ni­cated to us re­gard­ing their pro­posed for­mat,” said the Zifa com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager Xolisani Gwe­sela.

Bantu Rovers, un­der Jo­hannes Ngodzo, are lead­ing the race in the South­ern Re­gion de­spite los­ing two back to back matches while army side Black Rhi­nos have a 11 points lead in the North­ern Re­gion with nine games to go.

Yadah, former Gun­ners are call­ing the shots in the Eastern Re­gion while Blan­ket Mine and Sha­banie Mine are neck to neck in the Cen­tral Re­gion. — @ skhu­moyo2000.

Bantu Rovers coach, Jo­hannes Ngodzo

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