Premier League roars back to life
. . . match commissioners to be introduced for the first time
THE Vodacom premier league second round will only resume next weekend after the Christmas and New Year’s break to make way for a training course for referees.
According to premier league General Manager, Baitsi Motsamai, the league’s second round will not get underway this weekend as previously advertised owing to the three-day training course for referees starting tomorrow. It will, instead, kick off on 17 January.
“There have been a couple of issues that have forced us to postpone the start of the second round to next weekend chief among them being the referees’ course that starts on Friday this week,” Motsamai said.
The postponement has come as a blessing in disguise for Bantu who host Bloemfontein Celtic in a friendly match this weekend as part of preparations for the 2015 Confederation of African Football (CAF) champions league. Before the postponement, A Matšo Matebele had called for their league match against Likhopo to be postponed.
Motsamai said the premier league would also hold training courses for match commissioners as they will officiate in every match for the first time when the second round starts.
“We are trying to find means and ways to eliminate disputes in our league and one of the solutions is to introduce match commissioners who will be available in each match,” he said.
Motsamai added that in the past the premier league had match assessors who, however, failed to bring to an end the disputes brought about by poor officiating.
“We have decided that having match commissioners may help us solve the problem of poor officiating as they will be able to assess the performance of referees in each game,” he said.
The second round will tee off with Matlama making a date with Mphatlalatsane while Lioli will be away to Sundawana while Kick4life host Bantu.
Second round fixtures
Saturday 17 January Matlama v Mphatlalatsane Sundawana v Lioli Nyenye Rovers v LDF
Sunday 18 January
LMPS v LCS Qoaling Highlanders v Linare Kick4life v Bantu Likila United v Likhopo
Bantu Defender thabo masuoalle Lioli captain Sheli ramoseka Premier League General manager Baitsi motsamai