18 teams in new PSL for­mat! FOUR TEAMS IN, TWO OUT!

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Sikhum­buzo Moyo

TWO teams will be rel­e­gated from the just ended Cas­tle Lager Premier Soc­cer League while four re­gional cham­pi­ons will be pro­moted to bring the num­ber of teams to 18 for the 2017 Premier­ship sea­son.

Highly placed sources close to the be­hind closed door dis­cus­sions told Chron­i­cle Sport that the Zifa ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee led by pres­i­dent Philip Chiyangwa re­solved in their Satur­day meet­ing to in­crease the num­ber of teams to 18 in a move that is largely seen as a win-win sit­u­a­tion for both Zifa and the Premier Soc­cer League. The coun­try’s flag­ship league wants two teams rel­e­gated while Zifa wanted all their re­gional cham­pi­ons to be pro­moted into the elite league.

“The de­ci­sion has been passed, 18 teams will make up our PSL next year,” said the source who also re­vealed, prior to an of­fi­cial state­ment by Zifa, that Caps United chair­man Lewis Uriri’s sus­pen­sion has been lifted.

Zifa then re­leased a com­mu­niqué just be­fore mid­night on Satur­day con­firm­ing that in­deed Uriri’s sus­pen­sion has been lifted and that the play offs is­sue has been re­solved al­though the state­ment did not go into de­tail.

“The Zim­babwe Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (Zifa) Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mi­tee met on Satur­day (26 Novem­ber 2016) and re­solved the play offs is­sue with a com­mit­tee headed by Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee Mem­ber re­spon­si­ble for com­pe­ti­tions, Pi­raishe Mab­hena tasked to han­dle the con­tested mat­ter. The Com­mit­tee is com­prised of Zifa re­gional pres­i­dents and PSL Emer­gency Com­mit­tee mem­bers Messrs Kenny Mubaiwa, Ad­vo­cate Lewis Uriri (whose sus­pen­sion has been lifted) , Lifa Ncube and Love­more Matikinyidze,” read the state­ment signed by Chiyangwa.

The Satur­day de­ci­sion will now bring joy to the South­ern Re­gion cham­pi­ons Bantu Rovers, Cen­tral Re­gion kings Sha­banie Mine, Black Rhi­nos from North­ern Re­gion and Yadah from the East­ern Re­gion while Bor­der Strik­ers and Mutare City will ply their trade in the sec­ond tier league next sea­son.

Philip Chiyangwa

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