PSL on course for elec­tri­cal fin­ish

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Ricky Zililo

THE last three matches of the sea­son in­volv­ing Cas­tle Lager Premier Soc­cer League ti­tle chas­ing and rel­e­ga­tion threat­ened sides will be played si­mul­ta­ne­ously.

Both the cham­pi­onship and the rel­e­ga­tion bat­tles have reached fever pitch, with foot­ball lovers set for an elec­tri­fy­ing fin­ish.

In a bid to up­hold the spirit of fair play, PSL chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Kennedy Nde­bele said the games will be played on the “same day, same time”.

Bar­ring cir­cum­stances beyond their con­trol, the 2017 sea­son will end on the week­end of Novem­ber 26/27.

“Every­thing be­ing equal, we will end our sea­son on the last week­end of Novem­ber, in time to send the coun­try’s rep­re­sen­ta­tives for con­ti­nen­tal club com­pe­ti­tions. Teams in­volved in the cham­pi­onship and rel­e­ga­tion races will play their last three matches at the same time, on the same day. We’re look­ing for­ward to an ex­cit­ing fin­ish,” said Nde­bele.

Fol­low­ing last week­end’s in­ci­dent in Kariba where the ZPC Kariba and Chicken Inn en­counter at Nyamhunga Sta­dium had to be played on a Sun­day morn­ing in­stead of Satur­day be­cause of a wa­ter­logged pitch, the league is hope­ful that lo­cal au­thor­i­ties will speed­ily at­tend to drainage is­sues.

“Of course we ex­pect sta­dium own­ers to at­tend to drainages and if pos­si­ble pro­vide pumps to drain wa­ter at the sta­dium. They may even have fire ten­ders on standby to clear storm drains,” Nde­bele said.

Be­sides Kariba’s Nyamhunga Sta­dium, As­cot Sta­dium in Gweru is an­other fa­cil­ity which has had matches post­poned be­cause of its poor drainage sys­tem. Bar­bour­fields and Lu­veve sta­di­ums had their drainage sys­tems sorted when the city played host to the 2014 African Union Sports Coun­cil Re­gion Five Un­der-20 Youth Games.

Man­dava Sta­dium in Zvisha­vane has one of the best drainage sys­tems.

FC Plat­inum are tied on 63 points with log lead­ers Ngezi Plat­inum Stars, Dy­namos are two points be­hind on third po­si­tion while Chicken Inn sit on 59 points and are on fourth po­si­tion.

League games re­sume on Wed­nes­day, with Ngezi and Chicken Inn lock­ing horns at Baobab Sta­dium be­fore tak­ing on FC Plat­inum at Man­dava next week­end. Ngezi wrap up their cam­paign at home against Tri­an­gle United. FC Plat­inum’s next op­po­nents are rel­e­gated Tsholot­sho in Beit­bridge and their last game is against Cha­pungu in Gweru.

DeMbare’s re­main­ing games are against Bu­l­awayo City (away), Bantu Rovers (away) and Chicken Inn (home).

The Game­cocks will play Cha­pungu at home in be­tween their Ngezi and Dy­namos trips.

At the tail end of the ta­ble, Bantu Rovers and Tsholot­sho have been rel­e­gated, leav­ing third from bot­tom Sha­banie Mine, Hwange, Bu­l­awayo City, Harare City, Yadah, Black Rhi­nos and Cha­pungu en­tan­gled in the rel­e­ga­tion dog fight. ZililoR.

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