NFD clubs threaten not to honour league kick off

2012-07-25 14:10

National First Division (NFD) clubs have threatened to embark on mass action due to unresolved issues with the National Soccer League (NSL).

The teams want the NSL, the body that incorporates the Premier Soccer League (PSL), and the NFD to address the issue of grants which they claim is too little to cover their expenses.

They have also registered concern over the promotion and relegation method used between the Absa Premiership and the NFD.

NFD clubs get a R200 000 monthly grant while Premiership sides receive R1 million every month.

They want the PSL to scrap off the play-offs between the PSL team that finishes on position 15 and the two NFD teams finishing second and third and introduce a straight promotion and relegation of two clubs.

Speaking on behalf of the NFD teams was Jabu Khumalo of African Warriors who said they have tabled the matter to the PSL and they were willing to engage them further but since there is no response from the NSL, they have decided not to start the league in two weeks time.

“We cannot start the season not knowing where our financial support will come from. Some teams don’t even have technical sponsors and have to buy their own kit. How will they buy the kit without money”, fumed Khumalo.

“We are treated like step children. On the issue of promotion if you look at the teams that play in the playoffs they are in main cases relegated again because they don’t have time to regroup and sign new players to beef up their squads”.

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