Premier Soccer League (PSL) chief executive officer Kennedy Ndebele said that local football clubs are lagging behind in terms of FIFA and CAF club licensing tenets.
Club licensing is designed to improve club football by targeting key areas such as best practice club governance and youth football.
According to CAFOnline, the FIFA Executive Committee adopted the FIFA Club Licensing Regulations on 29 October 2007 and it came into force on 1 January 2008.
The CAF Club Licensing Regulations were approved on 19 January 2012 and came into force effective 1 March 2012.
Speaking on the sidelines of the Chicken Inn three-day strategic workshop, Ndebele told State media that as a result, the viability of some clubs is now under threat. He said:
Club licensing has been a big challenge, I think we are still lagging behind. We cannot really say we are happy about it.
Probably as a result of this, we have seen some clubs going bankrupt and some are now defunct because of a lack of implementation of club licensing regulations.
I think there is a need for everyone to get involved, all stakeholders, Confederation of African Football (CAF), ZIFA, Premier Soccer League and clubs to really put benchmarks and stick to them so that we will be able to implement the club licensing system, a standardisation programme meant to develop clubs into business units.
The three-day strategic workshop started on Monday is expected to end this Wednesday.
The workshop is being attended by Chicken Inn president Lifa Ncube, chairman Juta Tshuma, secretary-general Tavengwa Hara, treasurer Makhanyiso Moyo, administrator Clemence Matawu, board member marketing Trevor Jakachira and media officer Nkululeko Nkala.
Also in attendance are members of the technical department who include Joey Antipas, Prince Matore, team manager Sikhumbuzo Banda and security officer Shepherd Mpofu.
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