The Premier Soccer League Board of Management has finally seen reason and decided to heed calls to postpone Catssle Lager PSL matches lined up for this weekend to obviously avoid the counter attraction with the 2014 Fifa World Cup qualifier between Zimbabwe and Guinea.
Eyebrows had been raised when the PSL had pressed ahead with all the other fixtures except the FC Platinum v Quelaton match. Other clubs had questioned why the FC Platinum had been postponed despite the fact that the club only has two players in the national team.
The PSL CEO Kenny Ndebele had given the reason that FC Platinum has two players plus head coach Rahman Gumbo who is also doubling as the Warriors coach. That explanation appears not to have convinced many, forcing the league to reconsider its stance.
Now all PSL matches have been postponed.
“This serves to advise that the League has postponed all the Castle Lager PSL matches scheduled for Saturday 02 June 2012.
“We trust that the postponement will allow the national team to prepare for the crucial match without disruptions,” read the circular from the league’s chief executive officer Kennedy Ndebele.
The manner that the PSL has handled the matter brings to question the ability of the Board of Managament to properly plan ahead of time.
Surely by this time of the year the PSL should have known that the Warriors have three commitments in June (qualaifiers against Guinea and Mozambique plus a return AFCON 2013 qualifer leg against Burundi), a COSAFA tournament in July, and possible further AFCON 2013 qualifiers in October in the event that the Warriors progress against Burundi on 15 June.
Such national team commitments should certainly have been taken into account during planning. This is a sign of poor work done on the side of fixtures secretariatof the PSL. Ndebele should partly take reponsibility for lacking proper oversight on such critical administrative matters.