Premier Soccer League acting CEO Mato Madlala has revealed that the league will not have a new cup competition this season, because of Covid-19.
The PSL lost sponsorship from Telkom after the giant network decided to withdraw their sponsorship for the Telkom Knockout tournament.
Madlala told FARPost that circumstances under the pandemic do not allow for another cup competition.
She further said though there are possibilities but there is a fear of fixture congestion since there are South African teams playing in continental competitions.
“Journalists are the ones who always write about our teams competiting in Africa, who don’t have enough time to prepare for their matches outside of the country,” she said.
“Even if we want money and there are possibilities, but during these Covid-19 times, it will be impossible to do everything and give our teams a chance to compete in the continent.
“It has been said that we congest their fixtures and we don’t allow them to compete, again you are asking me about another sponsor.
“It’s very tight during this Covid-19 pandemic, when they (SA teams) leave here they need to get tested and again they get tested wherever they go, before they play,” Madlala continued.
“At the same time there are airlines that are sometimes not working, which puts more pressure on the traveling logistics, like a team going to Egypt has to go via Ethiopia and sometimes they spend 24 hours waiting for a connection.
“So all these things impact on the fixtures, it becomes impossible to get another competition.”
With the issue poor officiating a hot topic, the PSL is looking at possibilities to have VAR in stadia, though it will not be the same as the one used in other European leagues.
“We don’t own the stadia, there is no soccer ground that has been given to AmaZulu FC or Royal AM, to own it.
“There is a project from FIFA that allows for movable VAR cameras, so we are still monitoring. As the technology is improving, maybe we might end up having that programme, but it won’t be fixed on any stadium.
“That would be great for us in South Africa, because we don’t have our own venues,” concluded Madlala.
By Wonga Sirayi
FARPost’s KZN Reporter