Do the PSL Awards re­ally cel­e­brate ex­cel­lence?

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Vusi Masilela via email

Soc­cer is a game of opin­ions. Af­ter the con­clu­sion of a tour­na­ment, it is com­mon cause that ex­ec­u­tives take time out to re­flect and see the strengths, weak­nesses, op­por­tu­ni­ties and threats of their league.

This is the method used to mea­sure the stan­dard of leagues through­out the world and cel­e­brate suc­cesses.

On Mon­day, the Premier Soc­cer League (PSL) re­warded the ex­cel­lence within our do­mes­tic league.

The PSL Awards in­cluded the Chair­man’s Award, Best Player of the Sea­son, Play­ers’ Player of the Sea­son, Best Goal­keeper, Best Goal, Top Goal Scorer and Best Young Player of the Sea­son.

Our league is among the best in the world when it comes to mar­ket­ing, play­ers’ salaries, fa­cil­i­ties and ad­min­is­tra­tion.

But many ques­tion the qual­ity of our soc­cer, com­pared with in­ter­na­tional stan­dards, when look­ing at the fail­ure of South African play­ers to com­pete on the global stage and in leagues such as the English and Ger­man ones, and the Span­ish La Liga.

The fail­ure of Bafana Bafana to qual­ify for the Africa Cup of Na­tions high­lights the lack of depth in our de­vel­op­ment struc­tures.

South African teams, with the ex­cep­tion of Or­lando Pirates, per­form dis­mally in the CAF Cham­pi­ons League.

So, given this, one has to ask: Do the PSL Awards re­ward ex­cel­lence, or are they just an an­nual cus­tom?

There are also peo­ple with con­flict­ing in­ter­ests in South African foot­ball, such as the PSL chair­man (Irvin Khoza), who is also a club chair­man.

With South African foot­ball strug­gling, it is ques­tion­able that the Safa pres­i­dent (Danny Jor­daan) is also mul­ti­task­ing as an ex­ec­u­tive mayor.

I would like to con­grat­u­late Mamelodi Sun­downs for win­ning the 2015/16 Absa Premier­ship ti­tle.

Also ku­dos to Sun­downs pres­i­dent Pa­trice Mot­sepe for do­ing away with the clause that pre­vented loaned-out play­ers from play­ing against the Brazil­ians.

As a stu­dent of the beau­ti­ful game, I still strongly be­lieve that there is a vast amount of un­tapped soc­cer tal­ent in the ru­ral ar­eas that can be re­cruited and that can en­hance the PSL Awards in the fu­ture.

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