April 10, 2011 | In: Articles
Premier Soccer League chairman Irvin Khoza – Charity will not suffer as a result of disbanded Charity Cup
Khoza made the announcement on Thursday afternoon after the League’s executive committee had deliberated on the matter.
However, the sponsors of the one-day tournament, Telkom, will continue to sponsor the Telkom Knockout competition and as from the 2011/12 season the “MTN8 will become the season opener. The MTN8 will be played from start to finish before the Absa Premiership commences,” Khoza revealed.
“The complete programme will therefore include the MTN8, Absa Premiership, Telkom Knockout and Nedbank Cup,” Khoza stated at a press conference. The move is aimed at addressing problems of fixture congestion, improve leveraging opportunities for its sponsors and to create more excitement for the fans.
“The executive committee came to realise that for us to get the effectiveness of our competition we need to find a way of balancing some of the challenges that we have identified… the Telkom Charity Cup as of today is no more… we are satisfied with the steps that we have taken and hopefully it will ease the (fixture) congestion,” he said.
However, the PSL’s reasoning in relation to easing the fixture congestion is questionable since the Charity Cup is a one-day tournament as compared to the remaining competitions on the calendar, the media argued.
Khoza responded: “We can’t remove the MTN8 because it has a very important element in this League. The top eight or rather the MTN8 assist in terms of making the League exciting until the end and if we don’t have it then it will be about just winning the League… with the Charity Cup teams don’t qualify on merit. If you are able to get the votes then you qualify. The media has not asked the question why do some teams have the votes but we don’t see their fans at the stadium? These are the things we are trying to eliminate,” he said.
According to Khoza, the League aims to start a charity foundation to maintain the charity element in its ranks.
“As the PSL, I want to reassure everybody that the charity element will not be lost… we are going to make sure that what we started we don’t abandon. We will start a charity foundation to ensure we continue to give to those deserving as we have been doing since 1985. Charity will not suffer in the process… it will remain as long as this League survives,” Khoza added.