Change to start of PSL?
There is a change to the traditional start of the new PSL season, with league fixtures taking the place of the MTN8 quarterfinals.
The MTN8 is slated to start on the second weekend of August and the league will instead kick-off the new 2013/14 campaign.
But the full scheme for the coming season is yet to be fixed because the PSL is still wrestling with what to do about next year’s African Nations Championship.
The tournament being hosted here in January and in order for South Africa to be competitive, the PSL would have to stop its activities to allow South Africa to field its best possible team.
The 16-team tournament is reserved for quasi-national teams made up of the best locally-based players and is designed to give more international exposure to players still based in Africa.
South Africa has participated in two previous tournaments but never taken seriously the event. But as hosts the country is under pressure to at least field a decent side.
It is also a massive marketing opportunity for the PSL because if South Africa win they could claim the best professional league on the continent.
The PSL executive committee is still to approve the fixtures for next season with the possibility of a brief break, but certainly no where as long as the six week stoppage this year for the hosting of the African Nations Cup finals.
The South African Football Association say they are discussing the issue with the PSL.
“It is not possible to stop league action completely in January as the league faces an 18 May 2014 FIFA deadline to conclude its fixtures and a long break earlier in the season will make it difficult to meet this deadline,” said SAFA CEO Denis Mumble.
‘We have worked a solution with the league so that CHAN is not adversely impacted by league matches.”