With the Premier Soccer League (PSL) and its 32-member club resolving to suspend all the PSL matches until further notice due to the coronavirus outbreak, Kaizer Chiefs marketing director has said the appointed PSL Task Team will plan for multiple scenarios.
“There is a lot of scenario planning to be done by the PSL Task Team that has been appointed and the EXCO (PSL executive committee) and they are going to look at all the scenarios.
“The permutations are a lot and until we have looked at those‚ I can’t even begin to think of what is going to happen,” said Motaung.
The PSL season was suspended with Kaizer Chiefs at the summit of the log standings with 48 points from 22 games followed by second-placed Mamelodi Sundowns with 44 points and a game in hand.
However, the National Soccer League (NSL) handbook of rules and regulations that governs professional football in South Africa has no precedent for what the PSL must decide to do in circumstances that forces the season to be suspended, like during this time that there’s a coronavirus outbreak that has killed thousands around the world, while the number of infections keep rising in South Africa.
The rules and regulations of the League, according to the National Soccer League (NSL) handbook under Board of Governors (16) article 16.1 to 16.3 state that, “The Board of Governors is the supreme decision-making organ of the league and comprises the chairpersons of the Member Clubs or duly appointed Member Club Officials in General Meeting.
“The Board of Governors has the power and authority to do any act or thing as may be required to give effect to the objects‚ and exercise the powers of the league as set in the NSL Handbook.
“The Executive Committee of the League is responsible for the administration‚ management and control of the League and has the authority to exercise all of the powers of the league except to the extent that this constitution reserves certain powers exclusively for the Board of Governors.”
So, this means that the PSL Board of Governors can vote to decide on whether to declare the PSL season null and void, start over or to hand Chiefs the League title.
Motaung says as much as they desperately want to win their first League in five years, the focal point now is to help the nation tackle coronavirus.
“We are at the top of the log and I am quietly optimistic‚ but I don’t think it is even about winning anymore. It is about the safety of everybody and making sure that our players remain fit and healthy. For us, it is responsible to focus on where we are right now. The future seems so far,” added Motaung.
“There are many permutations for us to look at before we are selfish on whether we win the League or not. I don’t think disappointment for anybody is comfortable‚ at the end of the day we can’t be selfish, but I am not even thinking about the league yet‚” she said.
“We all want to win the league but not at all costs.
“If one doesn’t get the title based on the position we are in‚ it would be disappointing, but I think being alive is the greatest gift we can all have,” admitted the Chiefs marketing boss.
“Right now, we don’t even know when games will resume. So, it is about how we make sure the guys stay fit, how we share the right nutritional information with them and encourage them not to go to public gyms.”
PSL Chairman Irvin Khoza last Thursday said that the League’s intention is to complete the season by no later than June 30, but shall remain flexible.
By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi