Christmas came early for Premier Soccer League
PSL chairperson Irvin Khoza revealed over the weekend
that the 16 clubs would get an ex-gratia
of R1 million each as the league has done very well financially and had some
It did not end there. They will pocket a further R3
million at the end of the current month as well as a R4 million windfall at the
beginning of the season in August.
According to the gap-toothed one, the R3 million
maphepha is to assist the clubs with the implementation of the new club
The R4 million would come in handy in helping the
clubs with their pre-season preparations as well as buying new players for next season.
The Iron Duke of South African football said the
good financial news was announced and endorsed at the PSL board of Governors (BoG) gathering last week.
The BoG is made up of the 16 PSL club chairpersons and
their 16 counterparts from the NFD.
While the PSL clubs will be getting a total of R8
million each between now and August, the NFD campaigners will have to do with a
paltry R2.175 million - as they will get a R175 000 in ex-gratia each, R500 000
at the end of May and a further R1.5 million at the beginning of the season, to
While this was agreed upon and approved by the BoG, my
guess is that NFD clubs accepted the decision begrudgingly just as has
happened in the past.
A gap of almost R6 million in the windfall is too much. It is typically a matter of the rich getting richer and the poor
Just for the record, while PSL clubs enjoy a R1.5
million monthly grant, NFD teams survive on a measly R350 000.
But even if the matter had come up for a vote, the NFD
clubs would have been trashed as they only hold one vote each while PSL clubs enjoy a massive four votes
each, as per the NSL constitution.
You might be wondering where the NSL (National Soccer league) comes into this.
The NSL is the umbrella body consisting of the PSL and the NFD.
The voting has always been skewed against NFD clubs
and has been a thorny issue for years.
Another decision that came out of the BoG was that
the NFD clubs had withdrawn their move to become an independent league.
Well, no one can blame them. It is obvious that they
do not have the capacity to go it alone.
I found it ironic that this happened in a week that
former SAFA CEO Raymond Hack told a moving story of how clubs broke away from
the then South African National Football Association (SANFA) to form an
independent NSL in 1985.
One of the main reasons was the dictatorial tendencies
of the late George Thabe.
Talk of history repeating itself!
Maybe, just maybe, the NFD clubs will get their
independence the day they decide to become a stand-alone league and break the
stranglehold of the PSL.
All they need is a strong financial backer. There
might just be somebody or a company out there seeing that mining mogul Patrice
Motsepe is pouring millions into the ABC Motsepe League (the third-tier).
It is obvious that they can expect no favours from the
PSL who instead of getting a sponsorship and TV coverage for the NFD, rather
came up with a new league, the MultiChoice Diski Challenge that gets massive
television coverage.S’Busiso Mseleku is regarded as one of Africa's leading
sports journalists and an authority on football. He has received some of
the biggest awards in a career spanning well over 20 years. He is
currently City Press Sports Editor.
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