- Premier Soccer League (PSL) chairman Irvin Khoza has rubbished reports of an expanded 18 team PSL league in 2018/19
- Reports indicated this was one possible repercussion of the recent judgment in the Tendai Ndoro saga
- Khoza said the PSL Exco team had not discussed the possibility of an expanded league
Premier Soccer League (PSL) chairman Irvin Khoza has rubbished various media reports which have suggested the 2018/19 PSL league might feature an expanded line-up made up of 18 or even 20 teams.
Since news broke that a judge had ruled in favour of Ajax Cape Town in the now infamous Tendai Ndoro eligibility matter, various reports have suggested that the PSL could deal with the apparent crisis by expanding the league to include 18 teams.
Khoza has denied this claim and said the PSL’s Executive Committee which met on Thursday to discuss the ruling had not even discussed expanding the league.
Briefly.co.za gathered that when pressed further on the matter Khoza did not expressly rule out the possibility of an expanded league. He said the matter might be discussed when the PSL Board of Governors meets on 12 July.
The board will meet on Thursday to ratify the Executive Committee’s decision to appeal the judgement of the Ajax Cape Town matter.
Kickoff.co.za reported that Khoza said: “The judgement does not say the PSL is wrong. It just says the body that dealt with the matter was not the right body; the right body is the FIFA Player’s Select Committee, that’s why there’s nothing that encourages us to even consider an 18-team league as an option for now.”
Khoza added that the decision to appeal the judgment would only be pursued if they Board of Governors ratified the decision. He said that body would ultimately decide whether to appeal the matter with the Supreme Court of Appeals or with the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Khoza also admitted that the pending legal action could delay the start of the 2018/19 PSL season. He said his team was working hard to prevent this from happening, but noted that in life nothing was ever a sure thing.
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