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PSL to move to calendar year

2012-04-02 14:18

Durban - The domestic football season is set to move to a calendar year format from 2014 in a bid to help South African clubs become more competitive on the continent, according to Premier Soccer League (PSL) chief executive Stanley Matthews.

The Confederation of African Football’s (CAF) primary club competition, the CAF Champions League, has only once been won by a PSL club, with Orlando Pirates lifting the trophy in 1995.

That was also the last year the domestic league was played in the January-December style layout, before shifting to the European calendar from 1996.

“In principle the executive have agreed to switching the season to a calendar year to be in line with the rest of Africa,” Matthews said.

“The league wants to see its clubs do well in Africa and this is a step in that direction.”

Mamelodi Sundowns, runners-up in 2001, are the only side to have come close to Champions League victory since Pirates won the competition, while no South African club has reached the back end of the CAF Confederation Cup, the lesser of the two competitions.

Matthews said the PSL planned to implement the change from 2014, though he admitted there may be some stumbling blocks as the league would need to find ways of weaving in the new system due to the current July/August start and May finish.

“The finer details are still being worked out, but it’s something that all the clubs and all the other stakeholders are aware of.

“The aim is for the change to happen in 2014.”

Meanwhile, Matthews, who took up office in December following the resignation of Zola Majavu two months earlier, described the current South African league as being “on par with anything that’s out there in the world”.

“We have two major association relationships, one with the English Premier League and one with the German Bundesliga," he said.

"We like to benchmark ourselves with that kind of world standard."

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Comments
  • brian.cameron.bowie - 2012-04-02 15:11

    About time in my opinion, we need to do well in Africa with our PSL teams to be a force in Africa with Bafana. The calender has been a stumbling block, with our players having to play in the off season etc.

  • tshekiso.saul - 2012-04-02 16:24

    Well with regards to the confederaations the editor is in nuts cause chiefs won it. I was dissapointed to see pirates bundle out as the squad to challenge is there. Get ur facts straight MR EDITOR

  • Maemarous - 2012-04-02 16:57

    I really doubt where the proposed changes will bring the intended for results! Our teams really suck!

  • Promise Dube - 2012-04-02 17:33

    I wonder if da desired results wl b achivied bt as a Pirates fan,if we do win da league again da second star z on da way!Wt Leal gone,we wl successfully defend our title.

  • Folag - 2012-04-03 00:56

    Egypt (where CAF has HQ), Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria, Sudan, Ethiopia do not run a calendar year league season. PSL clubs are not mediocre because they play form August - May.

      Fregee - 2012-04-04 16:58

      PSL teams are poor because they lack skills, fortitude and character. It is a joke to use this as an excuse. It is just plainly pathetic

  • Godfatha - 2012-04-03 07:21

    Yeap 100% behind u know wht thy say change is good,we know wht 2 encounter so we hv 2b prepared 4 any hurdle&criticism and support our leaders,

  • Godfatha - 2012-04-03 07:22

    Yeap 100% behind u know wht thy say change is good,we know wht 2 encounter so we hv 2b prepared 4 any hurdle&criticism and support our leaders,

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