Fans speak out on foreign referees

Fans have expressed mixed feelings over the hiring of foreign referees by the Premier Soccer League.

Abel Muzondo, a Dynamos supporter welcomed the move saying it will help reduce cases of match-fixing in the country.

“Considering cases of corruption which have dogged our football of late, for once l will agree with the league`s chairperson Twine Phiri,”said Muzondo.

Gweru-based Sugar Mapinda was skeptical over the move, questioning the league`s ability to continue hiring referees in the long run as there are perennial cash-flow problems in Zimbabwean soccer.

“If they will hire these referees for all the coming games then it’s a good move, but if they can’t, then they have to revisit the idea,” said Mapinda.

Former Lengthens head coach Paul Chilimanzeni differed, saying it strained the league`s coffers and demotivates local referees.

“The league is just getting back on its feet and they are hiring referees from South Africa who are being paid large sums of money in their country. We should rather encourage professionalism among our own referees and increase their salaries, “he said.

Some have encouraged the PSL to engage other leagues in the region in order to have foreign referees officiating in other countries to curb corruption.

Sunday’s Mbada Diamonds Cup final was handled by foreign referees, prompting locals to complain that it was at the expense of well-trained domestic referees.

Recently, Zifa Referees chairman, Ndumiso Gumede launched a probe in the Zifa northern region for alleged corruption.

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