Cape Town - The Premier Soccer League (PSL) has
confirmed that a block of fixtures scheduled for May 8 will be shifted
due to the South African general elections.
The PSL had scheduled a full block of fixtures for Wednesday, May
8 but with President Cyril Ramaphosa saying that the general elections
will take place on the same day the league had no choice but to make
They have decided to bring the games forward to May 4 and, because it
is the penultimate round of fixtures for the season, all games will
take place at the same time.
The PSL said in a statement: "The PSL Executive Committee deliberated
on this matter. Considering the circumstances, and despite the fixture
congestion the Premier Soccer League is faced with, the League has no
option but to reschedule the Absa Premiership matches to be played on
"This block fixture - that must have simultaneous kick-off times
around the country - will now be played on Saturday afternoon May
However, the games could yet be moved to another date again because
the CAF Champions League semi-finals are scheduled to take place on May 4.
With Mamelodi Sundowns already through to the quarter-finals of the
continental tournament and Orlando Pirates still in the competition, the
league will wait before announcing any new changes.
The PSL added: "The League is also aware of another challenge that
might arise from the above solution in relation to the CAF Champions
League and the on-going success of our Member Clubs participating in the
"Should a South African team qualify for the CAF Champions League
semifinal, the PSL will re-evaluate the situation and advise