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Historic PSL summit kicks off

2012-01-18 13:34
Cambridge Mokanyane (Gallo)

Johannesburg - There had been some doubt over whether the event would even be held as the South African Football Association suffered another logistical meltdown, with figures in SAFA chairman Kirsten Nematandani's office last week claiming they had no knowledge of plans to stage the summit.

However, in a rare turn of events South African football's governing body managed to come through where, in the past, they had failed so many times, and the ground-breaking summit kicked off without a hitch.

A host of international footballing figures, including English Football Association chairman Sir Dave Richards, will address South African football authorities over the three-day seminar, with the initial focus being aimed at improving football administration in the country.

Acting PSL CEO Cambridge Mokanyane said the organisation had been working tirelessly to ensure the event would go ahead as planned, and feels the summit will provide invaluable information for local clubs and coaches.

"We have set ourselves goals and targets for this summit and it is important that we spend the three days working on these goals and mapping a way forward. There is no denying that our league is going through some exciting times right now," Mokanyane told the PSL's official website.

"However, the challenge should be: How do we sustain this and how do we take our product to the next level. This is what we all need to ponder on. We are looking forward to this summit.

"I believe we have invited the right type of people who have the technical and academic expertise to assist us to travel the road ahead," he concluded.

The list of local speakers will include Muzi Kuzwayo who is a visiting Professor at the University of Cape Town's Graduate School of Business, Professor Michael Katz, Chairman of Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs Inc Corporate Law Advisors, Connie Motshumi, the Group Business Development Director for The Kelly Group, former SABC Group Content Enterprises Executive Mvuzo Mbebe and Professor Yunus Ballim.

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