PSL to enforce club licensing

Lovemore Dube Sports Editor
THE Premier Soccer League is expected to visit clubs this week to check their preparedness for the licensing exercise which is expected to pay dividends in the future.
This was confirmed by the PSL chief executive officer Kennedy Ndebele yesterday.Under club licensing, each club is expected to have offices, full time employees, a constitution and junior development structures.

Most of the clubs have been run like shelf companies without any tangible administration features save for the owners and technical team and  players.
“We will start visiting our clubs to see if they are ready for club licensing. We will go to the clubs, sit down with them and explain everything,” said Ndebele.

He said the visits would help them get an appreciation of the situation prevailing at their affiliates with a view to bringing them in line with Fifa, Caf, Zifa and PSL expectations.

“We would like to find out if they are established formally to run like a business set up in line with Fifa guidelines. Tomorrow we will be talking to the clubs to see where we can start and with which ones,” said the highly respected administrator.

Ndebele said the PSL secretariat and probably some members from Zifa would be part of the delegation. He said the national association was eager to  see the implementation of club licensing. Ndebele  said the exercise would help local football as it would fall in line with the rest of the world’s expectations.

“When clubs develop structures, the whole football landscape should change for the better. They will have offices, qualified personnel, junior development programmes which in the long run will benefit the clubs,” said Ndebele.

Highlanders have had offices from the 1970s, starting with a one room near Makokoba Market and then moved to Lobengula Street in the early 1980s before settling at the offices in Robert Mugabe Way.

The club is among the few being run like a business.
A majority of the clubs are extensions of marketing or welfare departments of big companies.

Once the clubs have junior structures and are compelled to have annual general meetings and a clear cut policy of leadership renewal, there could be a change in the way football is run in this country.

In Europe, Uefa has been serious on club licensing with non-compliant teams not eligible for any of its club competitions.

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