THE Premier Soccer League have broken their silence and set the record straight on the conditions under which the US$150 000 Mbada Diamonds Cup subsidy was to be released this year and dismissed claims by Monomotapa that there was a ploy to frustrate the modest Harare club from accessing the funding.
Monomotapa have been making sensational claims that the system had deliberately frustrated them from accessing the subsidy that the diamond miners give to the winners of the country's biggest knockout tournament as an incentive to represent Zimbabwe in the Confederation Cup.
Monoz who finished runners up to Premiership kings Dynamos in the Mbada Diamonds Cup final after a 2-0 defeat by the Glamour Boys, had been hoping that they would benefit from the US$150 000 in the event that DeMbare as they eventually did, chose to participate in the Champions League.
It was Monomotapa's contention that the same facility that was accorded to Motor Action during the inaugural edition of the Mbada Diamonds Cup last year be given to them.
With Dynamos also winning the Premiership and Mbada Cup titles, the Harare giants as had become a tradition naturally opted for the Champions League tournament leaving Motor Action to represent Zimbabwe in the Confederation Cup by virtue of being the cup runners-up.
As was the case last year, Dynamos maintained their dominance on the domestic game by sweeping to another league and cup double and with Callisto Pasuwa's men back in the Champions League, Monoz who earned a Confederation Cup ticket by virtue of being the Mbada Diamonds Cup runners-up had been hoping for a repeat of the scenario that saw the Mighty Bulls subsidised by the miners.
The development has torched a lot of conspiracy theories in the Monoz family with club chairman Joseph Mukoki alleging that there was a deliberate plot to deny them access to the Mbada Diamonds subsidy in favour of Dynamos.
Mukoki said Monoz, who have since pulled out of the Confederation Cup had given a condition that that they would only take part in Africa's second tier club tournament if as what happened to the Mighty Bulls last year, they would receive an undertaking from Mbada Diamonds that they would get financial aid.
"We strongly suspect that this is a deliberate move to give all the sponsorship to Dynamos because Dynamos already have BancABC's financial support for the Champions League.
"So we said we have limited funding and if there was no written guarantee of a subsidy then we would could not confirm our participation or register for the Confederation Cup," Mukoki said.
But PSL chief executive Kenny Ndebele yesterday dismissed Monoz assertion and said the club's executive should have gone thoroughly through the agreement that was entered into between the league and Mbada Diamonds for the 2012 edition, which was circulated to all teams.
Ndebele said the contract between the league and their sponsors had been altered from the inaugural one which was specific about giving a subsidy to a team that takes part in the Confederation Cup.
The PSL chief executive said in line with the 2012 contract, there was nothing amiss about Dynamos accessing the US$150 00 subsidy despite the Harare giants opting to play in the Champions League.
To their credit too, Mbada also made adjustments after last year's runners-up effectively pocketed more cash than the winners.
"In terms of the sponsorship agreement for this particular edition, it was agreed that the winner would get the prize money and a subsidy for participating in Africa. Last year the contract stipulated that if the winners opted to go to the Champions League the subsidy would be given to the team participating in the Confederation Cup but this yea it was different and the contract has been there throughout and maybe the Monomotapa executives didn't read it. What Monomotapa have to understand is that this year it is a package for the winners and it is now a subsidy to participate in Africa. It must also be made clear that this is a subsidy for such costs like airfares and not sponsorship so it would be wrong to suggest that Mbada are now also sponsoring Dynamos. Of course there will be issues of branding which was being sorted out by the relevant parties involved," Ndebele said.
The PSL chief executive said it was also imperative that clubs understand critical administrative issues such as competition rules and regulations, commercial rights and the differences between club sponsors and the league's sponsors. It is against this background that Ndebele will headline a team of experts that will take the newly promoted Premiership quartet of Black Rhinos, Triple B, Triangle and How Mine through a two-day induction workshop. Ndebele said PSL clubs that had changed executive committee members also needed to have their new management teams taken through similar exercises to ensure a smoother flow in the manner the domestic game is administered.
"We will go through the general management so that the new clubs know what is in store for them.
"There are such issues like club licensing and its requirements, competition and the competition rules and regulations, commercial rights that is the contentious issue of club sponsors and the league sponsors.
"The PSL is developing as a brand so the clubs need to understand what their rights are and what the league's rights are," Ndebele said.
The PSL chief executive said they were also planning to hold another workshop early next year to assist clubs with dealing finance management, event management and fan development.
"In the next two days we will also take the clubs through the laws of the game and the role of the match commissioner and we have experts from the refereeing fraternity to take them through that.
"We need to give local match commissioners more recognition and more responsibility as happens with the Caf and Fifa matches. It is wrong to expect the secretariat to be in charge of matches because that should be the role of the match commissioners," Ndebele said.