The Footballers Union of Zimbabwe wishes to congratulate Dynamos FC for winning the league and also to all footballers who participated in the 2013 PSL for their professionalism and character throughout the season. Players showcased a great deal of maturity in their conduct during the matches they played as they kept fans mesmerised from day one to the last day of the league. The level of competition cannot go without mention as players fought their hearts out while showcasing their skill and talent.
The 2013 season could go down as one of the most competitive since the inception of the PSL in 1994. The championship and the relegation battle were both decided on the final day of the league with mathematical calculations having been the order of the day prior to game number 30. Dynamos statistically made history by clinching the title on goal difference for the third time in consecutive seasons. In 2011 Dynamos was tied at 54 points with FC Platinum but won the title through a superior goal margin, 2012 they were tied at 69 points with Highlanders and their +43 goal difference could not be matched by Highlanders’ +34. In 2013 Dynamos has ended the season at first position despite being tied at 54 points with Highlanders and Harare City FC. Both Highlanders and Harare City ended the league with a similar +18 goal difference while Dynamos managed to outweigh them with a +21 goal margin.
Interestingly the bottom half of the log had its own story to tell as by game 29 there were a total of six teams whose fates in the PSL was uncertain. Although Motor Action, Tripple B and Monomotapa had had their fates sealed after match day 26, the slot for the fourth team to join them in relegation was wide open. In the end, as Dynamos romped to the league title, they also saw Black Mambas off to relegation as they defeated the police side 2-0.
It is always tough and painful to bid farewell to four teams every season. However, credit must be given to the relegated teams whose players, even after they had been relegated, fought their battles to the end. It was no walk over against any of the teams as they gave even giants a run for their money in the dying moments of the league. Players did not falter nor give up their professionalism due to their teams’ sealed fates. They exercised fair play and protected the integrity of the game as each match to them was worth their sweat and in the end, because of their contribution, it all came down to the wire.
Of the four 2013 debutants, only one went back to division 1 football – Tripple B, while Triangle United and How Mine finished the season impressively in the top 8, at position seven and eight respectively. Black Rhinos narrowly missed relegation by two points when they edged Monomotapa 1-0 on the final match day to finish at 40 points, while Black Mambas went to relegation at 38 points.
Black Rhinos had quite some fascinating league statistics as they completed the league with ten wins, ten draws and ten losses. Fellow army side Buffaloes drew 2 all with FC Platinum and finished on 12th position with 39 points.
2014 will see four new entrants into the league, namely, ZPC Kariba, Bulawayo Chiefs, Hippo Valley and Chapungu. We anticipate a competitive league and encourage all players to again flaunt true sportsmanship, professionalism and maturity in all their encounters.
As the season ends FUZ would like to congratulate each and every player who participated in the 2013 season for their efforts and preserving the integrity of the game. The Union will forever cherish the moments of joy and tears, goals and tackles, misses and saves, heartaches and victories, injuries and recoveries, controversial moments, warnings and cards, highs and lows, and blood and thunder that characterised the 2013 season.