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City clubs hard-hit by PSL disputes

by Brian Gaffney
05 Sep 2007
Peoples Post
Peoples Post

The Mvela Golden League has been put on hold indefinitely as the Premier Soccer League (PSL) and the 16 affiliated teams are locked in talks about the league's future.

What is considered as a major blow for this First Division competition that serves as a springboard to the PSL elite league is that the sponsors have as yet not renewed their backing for the troubled league.

The Cape Town-based clubs, namely Western Province Utd, FC Cape Town, Ikapa Sporting FC and Hanover Park, have been hard-hit by the stalemate.

These clubs have not kicked a ball in the competition that was supposed to kick off on the weekend of 17 to 19 August.

The first matches were postponed after relegated PJ Stars appealed against the decision to dock points from their league total after they were found guilty of fielding ineligible players last season.

This allowed WP United to retain their First Division status.

PJ Stars' appeal was dismissed but other problems have since dogged the competition.

Meanwhile the four clubs' directors said they were perturbed that they have a commitment to pay the wages of the players and management and other running costs without the support of the sponsors or from gate monies.

The clubs attended a meeting in Johannesburg last Thursday, where the sponsorship issue and whether the First Division should be run by the South African Football Association (Safa) instead of the PSL were key points.

Andrew Dipela, a spokesperson for the PSL, says another meeting with clubs will be held on Tuesday, 3 September in Johannesburg.

He says he is hopeful that solutions will be found.

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