PSL club’s retention of players comes under scrutiny

By ZBC Reporter
Premier Soccer League (PSL) chairman Farai Jere says the domestic premiership will continue to be competitive despite the exodus of players to Zambia and other African countries.
The off-season period has seen several Zimbabwean players opting to move to Zambia with 2019 soccer star of the year Joel Ngodzo securing a move to Zambian side Buildcon.
Former Ngezi Platinum player Donald Teguru, Harare City’s Takudzwa Chimwemwe and Dominic Chungwa are other Zimbabwean players who have moved to Zambia this year.
However, PSL Chairman Farai Jere says with talent lying in abundance, the local league will remain exciting and competitive.
“I think it is normal to see what is happening. This use to be the case here in Zimbabwe when players would come from Zambia and Malawi. There was a measure of stability and we must have been doing something right. The current trend shows that Zambia is doing something right but we should not be worried as the PSL will continue to be very competitive. We have plenty of talent that is lying in abundance everywhere,” said Jere.
While Jere sees nothing wrong with the emerging trend, football analyst Stanley Katsande suggests clubs need to adopt viable business models which will help them retain players due to satisfactory remuneration.
“The issue here is with how we run our football. We have not really packaged our game well to be able to attract meaningful sponsorship. We have to put our house in order such that corporates come and clubs can offer players competitive packages which will make it not necessary for them to leave the country,” said Katsande.
South Africa has in recent decades emerged as a destination of choice for players that will have excelled in the local league, but of late Zambia has been a route many Zimbabweans are taking.
Others have also opted for Tanzania with FC Platinum’s Never Tigere recently signing for Tanzania giants Azam FC.
Zambian clubs are reportedly offering players’ salaries from the range of $1,000 to $ 4,000 US dollars, figures which local topflight clubs cannot match.