Standalone NDF still a possibility – Irvin Khoza

2014-05-25 15:00

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A standalone first division structure must be in place for the PSL to revert to the system of promoting two National First Division (NFD) teams and relegating two Absa Premiership sides.

This is according to PSL chairperson Irvin Khoza who said discussions for a standalone division were continuing two years after the idea was first mooted.

“There is nothing untoward [about] the NFD, but once the stand-alone is achieved and the first division is self-sufficient, we’ll go back to two teams down [relegation] and two up [promotion],” said Khoza.

He was speaking after calls by those who say the current system favours the Absa Premiership teams.

The current setup gives top-flight sides a second chance at remaining in the PSL through the promotion relegation play-offs that are contested in a mini league with the second- and third-placed teams in the NFD.

The side with the most points is promoted to the PSL and enjoys the financial rewards that go with it.

Polokwane City face Milano United in the fourth game of the play-offs at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium this afternoon.

The Limpopo team has a one-point advantage over second-placed Black Leopards in the race for promotion to the lucrative Absa Premiership.

City have four points from two matches as they try to retain their elite league status.

They were forced to compete in the promotional play-offs after finishing second from bottom.

But coach Boebie Solomons and City will reach the target if:

» They beat Milano United today;

» United beat Leopards on Wednesday and;

» City beat Leopards in the final match of the play-offs next Sunday.

However, United should not be ruled out of the equation yet as a win for Theo Hempe’s side today will blow the promotion race wide open.

Maximum points for the Cape Town side will see them shoot to four points after they earned a point against City during the first-leg clash in the Mother City last week.

They lost 1-2 to Leopards last weekend.

But only a win will be good enough for the Cape side –?a draw or defeat will see them drop out of the running.

A win for City will take them one step closer to retaining their status.

They might even win the promotion battle on Wednesday without kicking a ball if Leopards fail to win in Cape Town.

The worst possible scenario for Leopards will be to let City go into the final fixture needing just one point to seal the deal?–?that is, if Leopards do not lose to United on Wednesday.

Leopards have been here before. Lidoda Duvha gained PSL promotion via the play-offs in 2012.

City, on the other hand, are attempting to emulate Mpumalanga Black Aces in 2010 and AmaZulu in 2007 in retaining their elite status via the mini tournament.

Solomons was accused by Leopards coach Kosta Papic of parking two buses and playing ultra-defensively, but the City boss hit back saying that his side were doing what they needed to do to remain in the top flight.

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