Former Bafana Bafana international Maimane Alfred Phiri says cancelling the 2019/20 season should be one of the options if the coronavirus crisis drags on.
The Premier Soccer League Board of Governors took a decision to suspend Absa Premiership and GladAfrica Championship until further notice last month.
“I think the season should continue because it will be unfair for teams not finishing the League, people will go to court, it will drag and drag so, if we can pass this test then everything will go back to normal then we should continue with the league games and everything,” Phiri told iDiskiTV.
“Because the 2020/21 season must start in October so which means the 2020/21 fixtures won’t be finished as we also have many cup competition games. If it goes to August, September, we need to cancel everything, that’s the unfortunate part of it,” added the ex-Moroka Swallows and SuperSport United midfielder.
The 45-year-old founder of the Maimane Alfred Phiri Games says the PSL needs to take a decision.
“But I am saying we need to take a decision, if the decision is that there are no champions or if Kaizer Chiefs are going to be crowned champions or Ajax Cape Town are going to be promoted let it be.
“The decision that the PSL take can be in favour of Chiefs, then [Mamelodi] Sundowns complains, every decision taken by the PSL will be questioned, there will be a ‘why’ and ‘what’ so that one decision that they will take we will stick with it, we will have to respect it,” he said.
PSL chairman Irvin Khoza stated that the PSL wants to compete the season by no later than June 30 but shall remain flexible.
Provided that the current Covid-19 situation changes and the League resumes, Phiri suggests that teams play three times in a week to finish off the season at the end of June.
“They said they want everybody to finish all their games by June 30, which means the PSL have to squeeze everything and luckily Sundowns is no more playing in Africa now, so now teams can play – Monday, Wednesday, Friday… so that we can push until June.
“If they can start on the first or second week of May, I think the remaining games can be completed by the 29th.
“Everybody is well rested so they can play three times a week so that by June 30 everything is done,” concluded the former Turkish Super League side Genclerbirligi Ankara player.
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By FARPost Reporter