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Zimbabwe's Dynamos Say Late League Start Handicaps Regional Play

Premier League soccer champions Dynamos of Harare and Highlanders of Bulawayo say Zimbabwean teams are at a disadvantage in regional tournaments because they take place in February when the PSL schedule has just gotten under way. They are consequently proposing a significant change in the Premier League schedule.

The 2008-2009 PSL season gets under way in February and the two teams will play in the Confederation of African Football Champions League and the Confederation Cup in mid-February with just one home football league under their belts, whereas their African competitors will have seen considerably more action by that date.

The solution they propose is to start the PSL season in August, ending in May or June the following year, putting it in line with European and African leagues.

Highlanders Chairman Ernest Sibanda told VOA that his team will raise the issue at the PSL meeting to be held next month.

Dynamos Coach David Mandigora told reporter Marvellous Mhlanga-Nyahuye of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that his team has started pre-season training for its first continental tournament in a decade and will face Swaziland's Royal Leopards in an Mbabane friendly the weekend of Feb. 16-17, a week after PSL play begins.

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