PSL bars Herentals and Simba Bhora from playing friendly match

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The Premier Soccer League (PSL) refused to sanction a preseason friendly match between Simba Bhora and Herentals set for the 25th of February, has learnt.

The top flight teams were set to perform at a social soccer event dubbed the Prime Charity tournament organised by Zimpapers Television Network (ZTN).

According to a close source, PSL rejected the proposed match because the nature of the event at which it was supposed to be staged contravenes terms of the top flight body’s contract with the medical aid provider, Fidelity Life Medical Aid Society.

Potential injuries to players at the event could lead to potential cancellation of the medical aid provision deal for all PSL players.

Speaking at the unveiling of the medical aid deal in 2019, PSL chairperson Farai Jere promised that the league would honour its obligations to maintain good relations with Fidelity.

“We are going to treat this sponsorship with the respect [that] it deserves, and we are going to exhibit a lot of professionalism to make sure that this will also benefit generations to come,” Jere said.

The deal also provides for life assurance and funeral benefits for all players and technical officials.

It also provides for a once off payment of $15 000 to players who suffer career ending injuries during officially sanctioned matches.

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