Cup gets TKO’D by spon­sor

Daily News - - SPORT - MINENHLE MKHIZE minenhle. mkhize@ inl. co. za

WHILE the PSL is still cel­e­brat­ing their new spon­sor­ship from Dstv, the league also an­nounced the de­par­ture of Telkom.

Last week, the PSL an­nounced Dstv as the new head­line spon­sor for the league for the next five years.

But yes­ter­day PSL chair­man Irvin Khoza re­vealed that they have parted ways with Telkom who were the spon­sors of the knock­out cup.

Khoza chose to look on the bright side of Telkom’s with­drawal: “It is good to be one com­pe­ti­tion less this sea­son. It is bless­ing in dis­guise,” he said.

“Com­pa­nies are suf­fer­ing from dif­fer­ent con­straints. It shows the mag­ni­tude of the dam­age caused by the coro­n­avirus. That’s why we are proud of Dstv, who have come on board un­der these cir­cum­stances. There are one or two com­pa­nies that were en­gaged, but Dstv came to the party. Telkom has been a very good spon­sor of ours,” Khoza de­tailed.

Telkom has been with the PSL since 2006.

Their with­drawal means Mamelodi Sun­downs won’t get the op­por­tu­nity to de­fend their crown in the new sea­son that com­mences on Oc­to­ber 17 with the MTN8.

The Dstv Premier­ship will start the fol­low­ing week­end with open­ing games sched­uled for Oc­to­ber 24.

“I can def­i­nitely con­firm that next sea­son some­one is go­ing to take over from Telkom. We don’t have to have this space for this year be­cause of the fix­ture con­ges­tion that we’ve al­ready ex­pe­ri­enced. Re­mem­ber, we are start­ing our fix­tures in Oc­to­ber. That has never hap­pened. We will fin­ish, I think, the lat­est first of June. We will have many back- to- back fix­tures which is not good for the play­ers.

“We are busy with our med­i­cal peo­ple to ad­vise. There’s a lot of things that need to be done as pre­cau­tions.

“Yes, Telkom is no longer with us but next sea­son there will be an­other com­pe­ti­tion tak­ing this space of Telkom,” Khoza ex­plained.

The Q- in­no­va­tions is set to con­tinue in the Dstv Premier­ship. The games will still be played be­hind closed doors un­til the gov­ern­ment deems it safe to have fans.

“We know what foot­ball means to sup­port­ers. When he ( the Pres­i­dent) lifted gath­er­ings from

50 to 100 peo­ple he said noth­ing is chang­ing in sports. That doesn’t give us com­fort. In Eng­land they wanted to start with sup­port­ers but they have since changed gear and stopped it. They tried it in the Uefa Su­per Cup be­tween Seville and Bay­ern Mu­nich but the en­vi­ron­ment is dif­fer­ent there. That’s why we are wait­ing for the sig­nal from the gov­ern­ment. We don’t want to cre­ate the ex­pec­ta­tions that we will never meet for the sup­port­ers,” Khoza stated.

It is not yet clear as to when the Gladafrica Cham­pi­onship will start.

The PSL are still wait­ing for the ABC Mot­sepe League teams to fin­ish their matches. Two teams from Mot­sepe League need to be pro­moted in the Cham­pi­onship.

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