“There are far too many complications with a prolonged season”

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Ajax Cape Town youth coach and former player Nathan Paulse admits that he would love to see the first team campaigning in the GladAfrica Championship continue where they left off before the coronavirus crisis put a halt to the Premier Soccer League (PSL) season.

The ‘Urban Warriors’ sit seven-points clear on top of the GladAfrica Championship and Paulse wants to see the club back in the Absa Premiership next season but understands that the ‘reality of this’ is not going to suite what they want.

In a lockdown Q & A with Ajax.co.za, Paulse was asked how he sees the league playing out this season and what he would do if he was charge, he said: “This is the burning question and obviously I want us to continue from where we left off.

“But the reality of this is not going to suite what we want, there are far too many complications with a prolonged season which boils down to contracts of players and clubs because contracts don’t cater for these issues,” the former Ajax striker admitted.

“What do you do if a player must leave by June, but you need him for promotion or relegation? If you look at the other solution of just promoting and relegating those teams as they stand then you face angry team owners.”

The 38-year-old retired in 2019 after playing football professionally for 19 years and won several cup competitions including the MTN 8 with Ajax.

Paulse is of the opinion that 18 teams in the league would be a good solution for everyone and allows Ajax to gain promotion to the Absa Premiership next season.

“In my humble opinion, ask yourself what’s the argument here, so I would push the teams to 18 in the league with no relegation, by doing so you allow Ajax Cape Town up to the top stream and you let three teams from second to fourth in the GladAfrica Championship fight out promotion for the other spot in the Absa Premiership for next season.

“That will free up two spots at the bottom — then you take all the first placed teams in the ABC into the normal promotion playoffs. Is it a perfect solution? Maybe not, but none of them are, this just solves a small area of argument which is who gets relegated and who gets promoted,” added the ex-Bloemfontein Celtic, Platinum Stars and SuperSport United forward.

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