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PSL ‘Long Break’ Affects Players’ Livelihoods: Chitiyo

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By Tafadzwa Chigandiwa

Caps United attacking midfielder, Ronald ‘Rooney’ Chitiyo has bemoaned the continued Premier Soccer League break due to COVID-19 regulations saying it was affecting the players’ livelihoods.
“Most of us (soccer players) have been affected because our job is to play football,” he said.
“We earn a living through it.
“It is our main source of income.
“We play for both passion and remuneration and in this case, without football activity in the country me and my fellow colleagues are affected.”
Following the outbreak of Covid-19 last year, Government has put in place regulations to manage the spread of the disease including the barring of social gatherings.
Restrictions have also been made on businesses and travel to contain the pandemic.
The local soccer league was halted as it attracts large gatherings in terms of supporters who watch the games and teams have to travel from different towns for matches.
The 28-year old midfielder pleaded with responsible authorities to ensure football returned this year.
“Honestly, I am hoping all responsible administrations will work very hard for the resumption of football in 2021,” said Chitiyo.
“Everyone is aware the outbreak of Covid-19 placed all football activities in the country on hold, though I believe something can be done to see ourselves back on the field of play, amid this scourge.”
Media reports indicate the Covid-19 Special Board Committe granted domestic football green light to resume though recommendations now await approval from the Sports ministry.
Chitiyo who said he was hopeful the return of football was imminent, . revealed he was still a Caps United player.
The Green Machine lost notable key players to their rivals.
Innocent Muchaneka, Ishmael Wadi and Newman Sianchali are some key players that left the club.
Muchaneka signed with the reigning champions, FC Platinum whilst Sianchali joined bitter city rivals Dynamos and Wadi reportedly went to Harare City.
Goalkeeper Wallace Magalane left the Harare based side to re-join his former employers, FC Platinum in Zvishavane.

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