It will be unfair to nullify the league – Efstathiou


Ajax Cape Town CEO Ari Efstathiou is not in favour of the idea to nullify the Premier Soccer League (PSL) season stating that it would be ‘unfair’ on Kaizer Chiefs and his side ‘The Urban Warriors’.

‘The Glamour Boys are at the summit of the Absa Premiership table, four points ahead of current champions Mamelodi Sundowns. While Ajax are favourites to clinch the GladAfrica Championship and gain promotion to South Africa’s top-flight as they are sitting pretty at the top of the log standings, seven points clear.

“It will be unfair to nullify the league for the guys that are on top. I don’t see any sense in that. It will favour the guys that did not try rather than those that worked hard,” said Efstathiou in an interview with South African Football Journalists Association (Safja).

“If you look at us, Swallows FC and Uthongathi FC, there’s no doubt that we all deserve to be in the top three. If you look at the ones at the bottom, they deserve to be at the bottom. It is not by chance. It is not that they have played less games,” – Efstathiou. Picture courtesy of Ajax Cape Town. 

Efstathiou says declaring the second-tier league null and void is the last thing that should happen. “If we had only played 50% of the games, then maybe (it would sound right). But we’ve played 80% of our games and we are seven points ahead.

“We’ve got four games at home and three away. Our home record is good. We also have a case with TS Sporting and Mbombela United which is unresolved. There is a possibility of two points that can come our way. Obviously, if you speak to the teams that are at the bottom, they will have different views.

“Even if you look at Kaizer Chiefs, they have been leading the league for the past couple of months and maybe longer.

“Yes, the chasing pack is catching up. The bottom line is that they are four points ahead. It is not by luck, but it is because they have been playing well,” concluded Efstathiou.

The PSL met with the SA Football Association on Tuesday to look at the possibility of when it is ideal to resume the suspended season due to the coronavirus pandemic.

As a result, a PSL/SAFA Task Team was formed to look at the concern raised by both parties and prepare submission to the Joint Liaison Committee (JLC).

The submissions will later be sent to the government for consideration with the The Task Team given a maximum of 14 days to report back to the Joint Liaison Committee.

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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi

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