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Local Football Set To Bounce Back

ZIFA president Felton Kamambo yesterday said the football mother body were today expected to start formal engagements with the Sports and Recreation Commission to push for the return of the Premier Soccer League next month as a back-up plan ahead of the resumption of international football in November. 


CAF announced the AFCON qualifiers were scheduled to resume between November 9-17 this year.

And, this means the long awaited back-to-back clash between Zimbabwe and Algeria, is likely to take place under these difficult conditions.

The bulk of Zimbabwe’s players ply their trade in foreign leagues.

The association risk failing to raise a competitive team if the domestic league remains in limbo.

“I am sure you are aware that FIFA have said teams are not obliged to release players for the qualifiers and, so, we have to have a back-up plan for that,’’ said Kamambo.

“In case we fail to get most of our players, then the local-based players will have to step in.

“But, the problem is that they haven’t been playing football. It was not possible to start the domestic league this year because of the lockdown restrictions.

“Football was also classified among the high risk sports.

“Our wish is for the domestic teams to start training, by end of September, in anticipation of the new season.

“In fact, the date we have in mind is 14 September, so that the league begins mid-October but, again, it all depends on the advice from the stakeholders.’’

The 2020 Castle Lager Premiership failed to start in March because of the lockdown measures.

Premier Soccer League chief executive, Kenny Ndebele said clubs were desperate to start training.

Ndebele acknowledged the introduction of the curfew had pegged them back, in terms of plans they had, for a September start to the season.

But the PSL chief urged the game’s leaders come out of their shells and put in place protocols to be tabled before Government for football’s safe return.

“We were hoping that the pandemic would be under control by August but, when the Government tightened the lockdown by introducing the curfew, we also had to slow down our push for a restart.

“We have been trying to understand and assess the situation on the ground.

“But, to be honest, the whole domestic football family went on sleep mode and there was no action,’’ Ndebele said.

ZIFA have set up a medical committee to help them draw up a strategy for the safe return of the game.

The authorities are being guided by the Government and health experts in their plans.

They are also taking notes from CAF’s 27-page document titled ‘CAF Guidelines to Resume Football in Africa.’

The document emphasizes on the health of the major stakeholders who include players, officials, fans, and other partners.

“There have been some engagements going on with the Sports Communication but we are looking to begin the official communication tomorrow (today),’’ said Kamambo.

‘’We are hoping that the medical committee would be through with their document to be presented to SRC.

“We were also hoping to conduct random tests on players, for a start, and use that as a gauge to see the impact the disease might have had on the players and officials.

“We are still going to be conducting the tests, while engagements with the SRC and Government continue.

“Resources have been set aside for that from the FIFA Covid-19 relief funds.

“We had to take this decision to push for the return of football after consultations with our various affiliates.

“Indications from the regions, when we did the consultations, were that we start next year but PSL indicated they wanted to start right away.

“And, like I indicated, we need to start preparing for the AFCON.

“We hope that the coach (Zdravko Logarusic) would have returned from his home in Croatia by the time the league starts.’’

ZIFA are also hoping to make use of the FIFA international friendly dates to prepare for the Warriors’ AFCON assignments. FIFA have set the week of October 7-15 as the official dates for international matches.

King Nadolo Joins Dembare

Its official…….King Nadolo is now a Glamour Boy!

In arguably the biggest transfer of this transfer window, the former Highlanders and TelOne attacker has put pen to paper at the Dynamos offices this afternoon.

The 24-year old dribbling wizard was voted one of the PSL Soccer Stars Of The Year last season despite playing for modest TelOne for just 6 months.

In those 6 months he scored an impressive 11 goals to finish as the third highest scorer in the elite league.

King was voted the Footballers Union Of Zimbabwe (FUZ) Player Of The Month last November.

Nadolo returned to the local Premiership last June from South Africa where his club Witbank Spurs had failed to pay him his outstanding salaries and bonuses amounting to R37 500.

The skilful player made a name for himself playing for Highlanders mesmerising opponents with his trickery and silky skills.

He left Highlanders at the expiry of his contract at the end of 2017 joining Spurs in South Africa.

His capture is surely likely to make Dembare a force to reckon with this coming season.

The Glamour Boys have been on a massive player recruitment that has filled fans with so much optimism for the coming season.

Welcome GlamourBoy King!

In The Words Of Juan

“It has always been my dream to play for Dynamos Football Club and I am sure the club will get me where I want to be with my career.
I am happy for this new chapter, new challenge and new home everything is exciting and I am looking forward to a great season.

The big challenge now is being at the biggest club in the country, we all know the club demands a lot but I am going to do my best not to disappoint everyone especially the board and the fans.

I think to have such pressure at a club like DeMbare where fans are very demanding is good to every player and this will push me to perform well in every match.

And it’s going to be new because I have never played for a club with so many fans before and the people I’m going to be surrounded with but I’m going to handle it my way and do the best for the team.

I thank the Herentals board for being there for me for the past four years and also the coaches for believing in me. And I also want to salute my teammates for the work, love and good relationship getting the team into the PSL and remain there until now so I want to wish them good and a great 2020 season”

DeMbare Facts: With 21 league titles, Dynamos has more than any club in Zimbabwe

DeMbare has TWENTY-ONE League titles, making them the club with the most in Zimbabwe.

Their titles were won in the following seasons

  • 1963
  • 1965
  • 1970
  • 1976
  • 1978
  • 1980
  • 1981
  • 1982
  • 1983
  • 1985
  • 1986
  • 1989
  • 1991
  • 1994
  • 1995
  • 1997
  • 2007
  • 2011
  • 2012
  • 2013
  • 2014

Dynamos is also the ONLY club to have won the League title in FOUR consecutive seasons TWICE

  • 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983
  • 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

Highlanders is the only other club to have won the League title in FOR consecutive seasons but only did so ONCE

  • 1998/99, 2000, 2001, 2002