PSL shelved for 2012 AFCON
Johannesburg - The Executive Committee of the Premier Soccer League have made the
decision to observe the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations , meaning all
domestic football will be put on hold for the duration of the
EXCO made the announcement on Thursday following a meeting with
Dr Irvin Khoza, in which the PSL chairman was mandated to begin the
process of finding a suitable long-term replacement for former PSL CEO
Zola Majavu, who resigned from his role this week.
The African showpiece gets under way on the 12th of January next
year, and runs for 23 days, with the final set to be contested on
"We took this decision in order to give the Africa Cup of Nations
the respect it deserves and to ensure that there will be no counter
attraction during the continental showpiece," Dr Khoza told the PSL's
"Clubs are advised that there should be no organised events
during the tournament except training matches. This break will enable
players to recuperate following what has been a very congested fixture."
Meanwhile, incumbent COO Cambridge Mokanyane will temporarily
fill the role vacated by Majavu, although Dr Khoza revealed the former
has ruled himself out of taking up the position full-time.
EXCO also sent a request to the South African Football
Association for an urgent Joint Liaison Committee meeting where they
will discuss the up-coming Under-23 2012 Olympics qualifying tournament
in Morocco and the U-20 COSAFA Championships.