Premier Soccer League (PSL) Chairman Dr Irvin Khoza insists the league will await a directive from the South African Football Association (SAFA) on the way forward regarding a possible dilemma on the promotion of ABC Motsepe League clubs to the GladAfrica Championship.
The ABC Motsepe League which is run by SAFA, promote two clubs each season from their 9 provincial streams.
While the PSL announced last month that they intend to commence with their 2020/21 season on October 10, the ABC Motsepe League will only resume to conclude their 2019/20 season in October.
This could cause a bit of a headache for both the league and SAFA who will only conclude their promotion play-offs in November and could force the GladAfrica Championship to start without the SAFA teams.
“That matter was discussed also yesterday and we gave a directive to the CEO to engage her counterpart at SAFA,” said Dr Khoza during a media briefing on Friday.
“One of the issues we considered is that we must forewarn SAFA that we have put space for the two teams coming from SAFA for promotion. That space is there, but also what must also be taken into account, whatever programme you embark on, you must understand that there is a new window period for registration.
“We don’t want the teams that are promoted into the GladAfrica Championship to be disadvantaged. So whatever plans they have of handing over the teams to the NSL…they must take that into account because I know that the meeting of their executive committee is one of the items on the agenda, the resumption of the league.
“So we can only await the outcome of that meeting or the directive from the CEO of SAFA to our CEO on this matter.” Concluded Khoza.
The SAFA NEC is expected to sit on Saturday, 12 September to amongst other things, map a way forward on the resumption of armature football, which includes the BAC Motsepe League.
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