ZBC’s PSL failure angers fans

As the curtain of the 2011 PSL champions’ league came down, soccer fans across the divide expressed their frustration with the monopolistic ZBC that failed to screen the 2011 PSL games.

ZBC held the country at ransom, demanding exorbitant fees from the league sponsors against the norm of TV rights world over.

Zivanai Chideme, a soccer enthusiast from Chiredzi, said he had to be content with hearing the soccer results on the news.

“I felt the national broadcaster did a disservice to the nation by refusing to screen the matches. We had to follow the South African premiership because we could watch the game through the free-to-air satellite channels.

As for the Zimbabwean league, we had to be content with hearing the soccer results from other sources,” said Chideme.

Another soccer supporter, Shepherd Mushava, denounced the actions by the ZBC management, saying it was time for them to step down and give others a chance.

“They should just go and leave new blood to take over rather than holding the nation to ransom,” he said.

ZBC failed to screen the final game of the season between Dynamos and Kiglon which more than 30 000 soccer fans attended. Zimbabwe television managed to screen a friendly international between South Africa and Zimbabwe on November 15, but the match was marred by poor picture quality. – Talent Bhachi/ Garikai Fadzi

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