- Football ⚽ fans lament over ZBC TV’s poor coverage.
- Reference legendary local pundit Stanley Katsande’s commentary flaws during the ZNA Charity Shield semi-final between CAPS United versus Dynamos
According to insiders, the Zimbabwe national broadcaster might have acquired the rights to screen the Castle Lager sponsored league starting with the 2018 season. As if to confirm this rumor, a statement posted on their Facebook page yesterday could have said it all.
The statement read:
Catch all the action on ZBCtv with repeats on #ZTVSports. The much awaited 2018 Castle Premier League fixtures have been released. Reigning league champions FC Platinum The Official kick-start action away as they date ZPC Kariba FC while fellow platinum miners NGEZI Platinum STARS host new boys, Herentals.– ZBC News Online
According to the statement, ZBC TV will screen matches between Ngezi Platinum Stars versus Herentals and the one between champions FC Platinum versus ZPC Kariba FC during the #MatchDay1 fixture.
However, a source close to the developments at the Premier Soccer League said the broadcasting rights have not be awarded to any company yet.
It is understood that DR Dish a local television company is on the front line to secure the right to be PSL’s principal television sponsor provided they agree to accept that ZBC TV screen some matches to as the local league governing authority looks to expand viewership of the league across different areas in the country.
The PSL is however, understood to be worried by the ZBC and Dr Dish option as they believe it will deprive them of international promotion of the game and their brand even though the supposedly targeted consumers are the native football lovers.
The latter company has offered an approximate of $2,5 million for a 4-year deal and the big league’s bosses are said to be licking their lips over the offer.
PSL cut its ties with traditional international broadcaster SuperSport Football last year after a five-year marriage.