Absa Premiership

Thobejane: If the PSL season isn't completed Chiefs deserve the title

2020-05-17 17:03
Kgoloko Thobejane. (Trevor Kunene)

Former Baroka FC coach Kgoloko Thobejane says Kaizer Chiefs should be given the PSL title if the season is not completed.

At the moment it remains unclear whether or not the 2019/20 season will be finished, as South Africa remains locked down due to Covid-19.

Thobejane says if it's decided that there isn't enough time to finish the season before the start of the next campaign then Chiefs should be crowned champions as they lead the standings.

"This whole thing is challenging but if we are not continuing with the season it means that Kaizer Chiefs must be given the league championship because they are leading on points on the log," said Thobejane, as quoted by Times Live.

"We can't say this season must overlap into next season. We may end up with a situation where there is no relegation and we have two more teams in the PSL‚ and we have two less in the NFD next season.

"The other headache is how are you going to promote teams from the ABC Motsepe League because we have nine teams that will be on top of the log in their respective provinces leagues and you need playoffs to decide who is promoted to NFD."

He added: "As things stand‚ Chiefs are number one on the log but the administrators will also have to decide on relegation and promotion‚ which includes the play-offs.

"This is not going to be easy if we can't finish the season.

"But at the same time I think that there is time to try and finish the season because in most cases the league usually starts towards the first week of September.

"If this lockdown is eased in the coming weeks and government says it's safe to continue playing football towards July, we will still have some time to finish the games.

"Most teams in the PSL are left with six games and it is similar in the First Division. In about three weeks we can try to finish the season with teams playing every three days. We should be able to properly crown champions."

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