Eddie Chikamhi Sports Reporter
THE Independence Cup will warm the stage this year ahead of the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League programme which is expected to get underway a bit late due to logistical challenges.
PSL chief executive Kenny Ndebele yesterday said they have set their sights on starting the season on April 2 but only after the semi-finals of the Independence Cup which should take place next month.
The tournament usually features four teams and with the final set for April 18.
Ndebele said they have decided to play the semi-finals before the start of the season so that the tournament gets prominence as well as to allow for the smooth flow of the league fixtures. “Normally the Independence Cup games are played towards the Independence Day on April 18 but we have to start with the semi-finals before the start of the league this year. “Unless there are changes, which ZIFA haven’t notified us of, the semi-finals will be played between now and the end of March,” said Ndebele.
Traditionally the season kicks off in March and by now teams should know the fixtures for planning purposes.
However, the league bosses have delayed as they are still waiting for confirmations from ZIFA on the proposed Robert Mugabe Afro-Asia tournament to be held this year following a landmark multi-million dollar deal that was unveiled last week.