Polls could scuttle PSL fixtures again

DELAYS in announcing Zimbabwe’s election results could scuttle this weekend’s Premier Soccer League (PSL) matches again.


However, PSL fixtures secretary Godfrey Japajapa yesterday said fixtures lined up for this weekend remained as scheduled.
The police had ordered the cancellation of all organised football over a fortnight ago amid fears that pre-election violence could erupt at matches.
Premiership matches were only expected to resume tomorrow, a week after last Saturday’s harmonised elections.
But tensions have remained high in the country because eagerly awaited presidential election results are yet to be announced.
There is a heavy police presence in Harare and other urban areas in case violence erupts over the results which the Zimbabwe Election Commission is holding onto.
President Robert Mugabe is believed to have lost to opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai.
However, none of the two contestants is expected to garner an outright victory, meaning the presidential race will have to go into a run-off over the next three weeks.
The police had by yesterday not made another decree to cancel football activities although the possibility remained high because of the delays by the ZEC.
“Unless something happens, all the matches are on this weekend as scheduled,” Japajapa told IndependentSport yesterday. “Fixtures had only been cancelled from the Easter holidays up to last weekend so we should resume our programme.”
However, in case the ban is extended, Highlanders’ CAF Confederations Cup match against Green Buffaloes of Zambia is expected to go ahead as scheduled at Barbourfields on Sunday.
Harare giants Dynamos would not be affected as well as they are away to Mozambique’s Costa do Sol in a CAF Champions League match.
PSL fixtures
Shooting Stars v Kiglon, Motor Action v Masvingo United, Chapungu v Eastern Lions, Sundowns v Monomotapa, Underhill v Gunners, Caps FC v Caps United.

By Darlington Majonga