Johannesburg - Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune believes the launch of
the Q-Innovation this season has proved a big plus for South African
According to the Football411 website, the PSL introduced the system at the beginning of the campaign,
which saw it split into four quarters, with a cash prize handed to the
club who finished each of the sections with the highest points tally.
League leaders Amakhosi have twice claimed top honours this term,
pocketing a cool R1.5 million in both the first and third quarters,
while Platinum Stars were on top in the second installment.
Back in December in an interview with Football411, Orlando
Pirates midfielder Andile Jali sang the PSL's praises for coming up
with the idea, and his counterpart, Khune, now also feels that the
Q-Innovation has made the top-flight more competitive than ever before.
He told this site: "I must say thanks to the PSL for introducing
Q-Innovation. I mean that has made our standard of football to go up. So
the league is very competitive right now.
"This innovation was criticised by people at the beginning of the
season, but you can see now that this has helped improve the standard
of the league.
"In my view, there are players whom you never thought would be in
the Bafana Bafana squad, but they are there because all the teams are
competitive. They are motivated, because every match counts.
"The Q-Innovation has made a huge difference and we appreciate the PSL for coming up with this. It was a great idea."
Khune, though, added there is still room for improvement in the league's awards system.
"From a goalkeeper's point of view, I would like it if the PSL
can have the Save of the Season for their end of the season awards,
because we work so hard and the saves we make can decide a match.
"It is only fair, because there is an award for Goal of the
Season. So I think it would be good if goalkeepers can also be rewarded
for the saves we make week in and week out."