Mike Mokoena resigns from PSL

2014-07-27 15:00

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The Premier Soccer League (PSL) has been rocked by the immediate resignation of long-serving executive member Mike Mokoena.

The Free State Stars boss dropped the bombshell when he resigned his positions from the league’s highest decision-making body, the executive committee, and from the powerful finance committee with immediate effect.

This leaves the PSL with a lot on its plate a week before the new season kicks off on Friday; as it is still in the dark regarding the sale of Bloemfontein Celtic to Free State businessman Max Tshabalala.

PSL chairman Irvin Khoza confirmed Mokoena’s resignation, but said the league had not accepted it and was trying to talk him out of his decision.

Mokoena said he would meet with Khoza this week.

“I have made my decision, but I will talk to him,” said Mokoena.

Mokoena’s resignation comes as a shock to many as he has served the league for many years and serving on the finance committee has also had its perks.

It was this committee that came under scrutiny in 2006 after its members pocketed millions of rands as bonuses from SuperSport and Absa sponsorship deals.

On the matter of Celtic, Khoza said the deal would not go through until it was ratified by the league.

“The matter has not come to us for ratification,” he said.

“I just know offline that there is a new owner, but the league cannot kick off with the new owner until they [the club] submit the sale agreement for us to see whether it complies with the regulations.”

He said he did not think there was a conflict of interest for Tshabalala, who also owns ABC Motsepe League (Second Division) side Roses United.

“There is a difference between a club that is registered with the PSL and one that is not. It can only matter in the Nedbank Cup if both teams qualify and are drawn together. Then they can’t play each other and one has to go.”

Despite confirming his departure from the executive committee, Mokoena refused to divulge his reasons, but Khoza said they were hoping to see him at their executive committee meeting next month.

“We have not accepted his resignation and are hoping to see him at our next NEC meeting.

“I did phone after receiving his letter to try to understand his decision. He spoke about business commitments and how overstretched he was, saying he wanted to dedicate more time to his club.

“We know how difficult it is without a sponsor, but we still want him as we value his services. His experience can be used to good effect here,” said Khoza.

Despite this, he said he was looking forward to the new season, which he says will be busy as all the teams are strong.

“I hope it won’t be complicated by four teams participating in the Caf competitions and that it doesn’t disadvantage any of them.”

Khoza said he was happy that football would be played in eight provinces next season after Chippa United relocated to the Eastern Cape.

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