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John Comitis urging for return of PSL

John Comitis ‘If we don’t resume [the PSL], there’s going to be problems…’

It seems as though the last time we saw a football game played in South Africa the most popular phone was a Nokia 3310 and watching wrestling was cool. Cape Town City chairperson John Comitis thinks that bad things are going to happen if the PSL doesn’t resume soon.

“If we don’t resume, there’s going to be problems. Sponsors are going to start asking questions – like our own sponsors are asking questions,” 

“We are hoping that we will return to football, because we are going to suffer (if we don’t)…

“We’ve been training via zoom and until we were given permission to get back to training. We’ve been training for the past three months. The players are getting frustrated.

“The entire industry is getting frustrated. It is not nice. The coaches are getting fired. We are aimlessly training for nothing.

“We are hopeful that sanity will prevail and (we will) return to business, like other businesses that have been allowed to return.

“We’ve been told to get ready. We need to wait for PSL and SAFA to finalise what is going to happen.”

I feel you, John.


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His old team Ajax Cape Town has more to lose than many other clubs. John Comitis former side sitting pretty atop the NDF table and will surely be promoted to the PSL. That’s if, of course, the season resumes.

City Press reports the majority of club owners have called for the current campaign to be declared null and void without handing over the trophy to PSL log leaders Kaizer Chiefs. That would mean no relegation and play-offs for teams that are currently sitting on position 16 and 15. Ajax Cape Town would not be promoted while no team will be relegated to the ABC Motsepe League.

It was reported by Sun Sport that the real reason SAFA  is hesitant for green-lighting the league campaign is because, according to stand-in CEO Tebogo Motlanthe, ‘SAFA doesn’t want to be blamed for anything that could go wrong if football…’

Motlanthe suggests the association isn’t convinced that the league has complied with all the new regulations as set out by the government and the Joint Liaison Committee.

I still believe the league will resume. SAFA and the PSL have too much to lose. Like John Comitis said, the more we wait the more devasting the consequences on the whole football structure. SAFA cannot afford that. They are already seen as incompetent by many. The PSL and their teams need to follow correct COVID-19 regulations. Then I think it will be all systems go. 🤞🏽

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Irvin Khoza tell media on when psl return is

‘We are a business’: Irvin Khoza on the return of the PSL return…

The PSL return is soon. Around the beginning of August. The 1st to be exact. Well, that’s at least what Premier Soccer League (PSL) chairperson Irvin Khoza is proposing.

The league was supposed to return on the 18th of July but the PSL failed to reach an agreement with the South African Football Association (SAFA) and the ‘unavailability of match officials’.

As much as I’m sure Irvin Khoza and his board love watching football this has more to do with as he put it ‘business’.

On Monday Khoza held a press conference where he said that‚ while Fifa will accept a 2019/20 season going past August 31 if informed‚ the league sees such a cut-off date as essential due to pressing financial concerns.


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“That is why it is urgent for us to (restart the season) because beyond the 30th of June we won’t be able to pay the clubs their grants and if that happens it means we must now revert back to section 189 for retrenchments‚” said Khoza.

“That is the reality of the situation‚ it has been stressful for the clubs. Some of the clubs took it upon themselves to do some kind of dealings with the players by asking for reductions of about 30 to 40 percent of their packages.

“The unfortunate part is that from the 30th of June‚ that was the last time we get the grant. What we find is the new season going forward and the sponsors at this point in time‚ especially the broadcaster‚ for the last three months they have allowed for us to pay and be paid without asking questions in terms of what we are giving in return.

“What we have done as the PSL is that we have made sure that we stick to what we promised the players until the 30th of June. I also want to thank Fifa for allowing us to engage the players and the Players Union that they must corporative for sporting integrity.

“All the clubs must play and finish the season with a full complement of the players. Hence we have extended from the 30th of June to the 30th of July‚ but we went beyond that as the PSL to the 30th of August.”

 

 

 

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[Podcast] The Soccer Podcast Without A Name (Yet) S01E25

 

Bongani ‘Da Bongz’ Nkosi and Thabang ‘Da Real Cheez’ Kgeledi discuss this week’s soccer topics.

The Discussion This Week:

1. The PSL Suspend the league until further notice.
2. The shutdown of English football was extended until at least 30 April.
3. Swiss club FC Sion have dismissed eight players without notice.
4. FC Barcelona cut ties with imprisoned Ronaldinho
5. Nigerian John Obi Mikel quits Turkish club over coronavirus fears

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