Running a premiership club in Zimbabwe has not proved to be a viable business adventure.
While the mention of a US$600 000 league sponsorship might look like all is well in local football, a closer look reveals that running a local club is a nightmare as expenses exceed revenue generated.
Most teams are using council facilities, hiring transport and expensive camping venues – worsening the plight of clubs.
Of the 16 premiership clubs, very few own team buses and only two have their own stadiums.
This means for a budget of 25 players and 5 officials on an away tie, a club spends approximately 3 000 dollars for hiring a bus for the two days.
Accommodation and food will gobble a further US$4 500 dollars, excluding camp allowances ranging between US$20 to US$40 dollars per player and 2 meals a day for two nights for 30 people at US$20 dollars a plate.
This translates to a total estimate of almost 12 000 dollars.
These figures are however apart from expenses to do with other service providers such as security, council charges, PSL levies and playersâ€™ salaries which in most cases have figures determined by the popularity of the club.
Teams in towns which have one club in the PSL such as Hwange, Hardbody and Buffaloes have to travel 15 times.
Harare teams are at an advantage as they only leave the capital 8 times as there are eight PSL clubs in the capital.
The graphics sums up the nightmare of most local teams.
For winning the 2011 league championship Dynamos pocketed US$75 000, Runners up FC Platinum got US$50 000.
Observers feel the prize money is a mockery that can only cater for expenses for at least three to five outings out of the 30 games that each team plays.
Maybe the question should be how many were loss-making matches for the 2011 season.
Maybe that is why so many club franchises are being sold.
With the league expected to start on the 31st of March, recommendations are that real sponsorship should also take off the burden of transport, accommodation and kitting from the teams.
Otherwise, there might be no football to talk about in Zimbabwe.