27 February 2013

Zimbabwe: PSL Registration Closes Tomorrow

Bulawayo — THE Castle Lager Premier Soccer League registration deadline closes tomorrow with all the 16 teams expected to forward their 2013 squads to the league. League chief executive, Kennedy Ndebele, confirmed the registration deadline date and urged teams to adhere to it.

The registration deadline is, however, for administrative purposes so that teams can get players' licences in time.

The Fifa transfer-window closes on 25 March and tomorrow's deadline means that any further movements of players, especially those that will be registered from tomorrow, will now be on cash basis.

"Teams should submit their 2013 squads to our offices on Thursday (tomorrow) so that we start processing their licences," said Ndebele.

He said some clubs have however already started submitting their lists and was hopeful that all clubs will be able to meet the deadline.

Harare giants and reigning league champions Dynamos are believed to have been the early birds in submitting their list probably due to the fact that they are participating in the Champions League and had an early start to their season.

FC Platinum, now under Zambian Tennant Chilumba, is another team believed to have long finalised their 2013 squad as they are eyeing to bring the league trophy to the Midlands for the first time.

Highlanders are expected to finalise their squad this afternoon ahead of the deadline.

The club announced earlier this month that they will be offloading some of their players in a bid to accommodate new arrivals.

Head coach Kevin Kaindu said they were likely to sacrifice a defender, or midfielder, to accommodate two more strikers.

Set to be part of the club set up is Douglas Sibanda from Gwanda, a utility player in the mould of Tito Paketh, who can play any position in-field.

"Our squad is almost ready, I must say that we have identified about 25 players that we want.

"Next week we will be able to release those that did not make the grade so that they can try their luck somewhere before the transfer-window closes," Kaindu said last week.

Four former club strikers - Thabani Moyo, Nqobile Mpala, Njabulo Ncube and Patrick "Mboma" Mpofu - are training with the team.

Last week Highlanders released Gilbert Banda and their defence frailties were crudely exposed.

Striker Francisco Zikumbawire chose Bosso as his first port of call but the coaches are said to have told club secretary Andrew Tapela that the player would not add value to the team.

He ended up signing for Dynamos.

Bosso, who have been clamouring for a striker since last year, have failed to bring home Tendai Ndoro and Zambian Ignatius Lwipa who is believed to have joined rich Mozambican side Malculumana.

Chidzani Malaba could be promoted from the juniors.

Zimbabwe international, Hardlife Zvirekwi, is believed to be keen on moving to Bulawayo to join Bosso from CAPS United.

He can be played as a right winger and has telling crosses and is strong in defence.

Zvirekwi could be the solution to the right back woes at the club where Bruce Tshuma, Atlast Musasa and Lawson Nkomo have failed to stamp their authority the way Bruce Kangwa has done on the left side.

Following Sunday's 4-0 drubbing at the hands of DeMbare, where the Bulawayo giants were extensively exposed, the technical team and executive are expected to make the best out of the remaining two days to come up with solutions.

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