PSL needs only 12 teams

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KEITH Mur­era gave the Bu­l­awayo City fam­ily a va­ri­ety of mir­a­cles with an own goal which I think the goal­keeper could have stopped. Hon­estly, it’s a sin to God for a goal min­der to be scored at the near post.

In goal­keep­ing prin­ci­ples, the first thing to im­ple­ment and shut is the gap near the post. But City de­served this win, they had the right ap­proach, at­ti­tude and ag­gres­sion.

You could hear the com­mu­ni­ca­tion of en­cour­ag­ing one an­other dur­ing the play. Of course the sta­dium was empty, the de­ter­mi­na­tion and the will to win came in the sec­ond half. When Ngezi Plat­inum came up with fire power they forced eight cor­ners. At one stage of these cor­ners City four de­fend­ers blocked dou­ble shots towards the goal with ev­ery part of their bod­ies.

Af­ter los­ing this game, for Ngezi to claim their maiden league cham­pi­onship max­i­mum points are needed on all the five games re­main­ing, hop­ing FC Plat­inum drops the five points which puts them on top of the log as for now.

What I can only write on this dull game is that Bu­l­awayo Chiefs cap­tain tapped in the first goal from a cor­ner and Nichrut scored from a penalty in the 90th minute for the two teams share the spoils. And get well soon Nichrut coach John Nyikadzino. We need you back on the bench.

Af­ter see­ing this game I would like to say this to PSL gov­er­nors. This coun­try does not need an 18-team league, the proper num­ber is 12 teams. Look at this, Nichrut, Bu­l­awayo Chiefs, Mutare — three teams that came into the league this sea­son and they are now fight­ing for sur­vival.

Big brand names of foot­ball in the coun­try, High­landers are sixth on the log 22 points away from the log lead­ers and CAPS UTD are 21 points away. Bu­l­awayo City are 44 points away from the top team.

I be­lieve the coun­try is too small to have tal­ented play­ers to be shared by 18 clubs, and eco­nom­i­cally it’s hard to sus­tain pro­fes­sional re­quire­ments needed to service the club. Hence coaches keep re­cy­cling play­ers.

Warm up poorly done? There are rea­sons teams do not do well in the game. The most im­por­tant as­pect of any sport is warm up. The warm up must be ad­dressed in a stip­u­lated time frame, in a se­quence or­der as well. A por­tion of the warm up ex­er­cise should con­sist of skill drills and other phys­i­cal lit­er­a­ture move­ments re­lated to the ac­tiv­ity to fol­low.

Static stretch­ing and strength­en­ing method con­sists of stretch­ing the mus­cle slowly and grad­u­ally bal­lis­tic rapid bounc­ing jerk­ing types of mus­cle move­ments. Sug­gested stretch­ing ex­er­cised-ham­string, quads, groin, hip flex­ors.

You must also work with goals dur­ing the warm up. Hon­estly how do you score goals with­out this. From a ho­tel din­ing room ta­ble you are given starters be­fore a main meal, the same ap­plies to the game of foot­ball.

The train­ing ses­sions do not give play­ers more time to do shoot­ing drills on daily ba­sis, shoot­ing drills are done once a week. Do you know why God gave the Ara­bic oil in the desert? It’s be­cause they pray five times a day when other na­tions pray once a week on Sun­day.

I can bet some strik­ers in the coun­try or to say CAPS and High­landers strik­ers af­ter last week’s draw game which was goal­less can­not iden­tify or pick the op­po­site goal­keeper stand­ing in the crowd with­out his uni­form, or even tell us to­day what was the colour of the jersey he was wear­ing.

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