JOHANNESBURG – The Premier Soccer League (PSL) has confirmed the official dates for the opening fixtures of the Absa Premiership 2018/19 season, but there is still confusion around the proposed start of the season as Ajax Cape Town and the PSL are at loggerheads in the Tendai Ndoro saga.
According to the PSL, the league is scheduled to start on 4 August with defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns hosting Kaizer Chiefs at the Loftus Versfeld stadium.
PSL Media Statement following today’s Board of Governors pic.twitter.com/mv2JbueuPn
— Official PSL (@OfficialPSL) July 12, 2018
With less than 2 weeks to go before that fixture, the PSL and Ajax are yet to resolve the hanging issue of club’s PSL status, especially after recent court interdict against its [Ajax] relegation.
The PSL has announced that it will appeal that ruling but it’s hard to see how this can be resolved before the planned 4 August start date.
The ongoing saga is affecting other team’s preparations, according to Kaizer Chiefs Football Manager, Bobby Motaung.
“I think it’s not only our team it will affect,” said Motaung.
“A lot of aspects… it will affect the sponsors, the programme itself. If you look at the programme of Caf and the congestedness of the league programme currently, it will affect not only the kickoff but the whole season programme.”