FORMER Premier Soccer League (PSL) sides Douglas Warriors and Lengthens have been banned.
The two teams were outlawed from Northern Division One over non-payment of debts they owe the PSL from last season.
The duo was relegated from the PSL last season together with Bulawayo- based Bantu Rovers and FC Victoria and were supposed to drop into the second tier leagues in their respective regions. But their relegation to Division One leagues hit a snag this week as the Zimbabwe Football Association barred them unless they pay the outstanding debts.
Lengthens director John Chikochi confirmed in an interview with IndependentSport that his team had been denied affiliation over non- payment of a US$9 000 debt to the PSL.
“To be frank the situation at my club is dire. There is nowhere we can find that amount before the season commences,” said Chikochi. “We had to stretch ourselves to the limit to raise the US$1 500 affiliation fee and US$9 000 is just too huge a figure to come up with in a short a time.”
The club has already put up its Division One franchise for sale having already lost most of their players to teams in the top-flight PSL.
The 2009 BancABC Sup8r champions have been playing with a for-sale tag for the last two years but they have failed to find buyers.
Lengthens grabbed the headlines for all the wrong reasons last season after failing to pay players’ wages. The situation was so serious that on several occasions the team couldn’t even provide transport for players.
Douglas Warriors are facing the same predicament as Lengthens.