francis.jpgWith the local Premier Soccer League having reached the half-way mark, nothing seems to have changed with the domestic premiership seemingly headed in the same direction as it was, the same time last season.


While the domestic premiership found itself desperately searching for corporate support same time last year, it’s the same scenario with the top flight league now headed by Twine Phiri and his board of governors, still desperately searching for a sponsor that has proven elusive. 


Despite efforts by fans who engaged in a campaign meant for corporates to intervene, all was in vain, with past PSL partners such as Econet Wireless and CBZ opting for Cricket, engraving a million dollar question, “Why cricket and not soccer”?  


With only the ABC Super8 and a top 4 tournament recently launched by ZAOGA, the premiership again seems headed for a scenario which last year saw an ABC Super8 winner being roped in to represent the country at the CAF Confederations Cup, due to the absence of a premier knockout competition which included all premiership teams.


Last year, same time Gunners Football Club, not a traditional heavy weight, stood up to be counted among the title contenders in a race they eventually won after killing off the Glamour boy’s in a dramatic encounter in which Chando Kupisa emerged two-nil victors at Rufaro stadium.


This year a similar scenario is on the cards, with another team not a traditional giant “Motor Action” among the front runners to land a maiden premiership crown after opening up a 9 point gap at the summit of the log standings at the half way stage.


Last year same time, a former Warrior Norman Mapeza had proved his worth by winning a domestic league crown before resigning as Monomotapa prepared for a dance in CAF champion’s league at the beginning of the year.


This year, another former Warrior in the form of Moses Chunga, after winning a domestic league crown with Gunners early in the season went onto resign at a time Chando Kupisa was gearing up for action on the African Safari.


Last year same time, local fans were bemoaning the mass exodus of promising players to the South African premiership but nothing seems to have changed after the green machine ship was severly battered by the departure of six key players namely, Nyasha Mushekwi, Oscar Machapa, Lionel Mtizwa, Method Mwanjali, Tafadzwa Rusike and Karma Billiart all lured by the South African rand.


Having to turn to the cheque book which lured the likes of Joel Luphahla, Stephen Alimenda and Ndumiso Khanye to Makepekepe, nothing seems to have changed in as far as players graduating from the junior ranks and reserve team’s, a contradiction of established orders that have built their success around a strong junior policy and a culture of competition in the reserves.


Similar to last year, at the half way stage the level of refereeing has once again come under the spotlight, but while some match official’s have genuinely failed, glaring behavior of teams’ walking out of the pitch so as to protest has not helped the top flight league’s search for corporate partners.