NFD teams expect PSL grants soon

2012-08-18 19:11

Some clubs are up for sale as standoff takes its toll

National First Division (NFD) teams expect to be paid their monthly grants by the Premier Soccer League (PSL) despite the standoff between the two structures.

According to a source, who spoke to City Press on condition of anonymity, the clubs expect their R250 000 monthly grants at the end of this month despite the PSL suspending the league’s kickoff.

He said that clubs were eagerly awaiting money after going for two months without receiving grants and that clubs had to repay loans from the PSL last season.

“We are struggling to make ends meet and the PSL bailed us out. We agreed to repay them between June and July. The grants will be reinstated this month end,” insisted the source.

Clubs are still in the dark about their status after the league granted them the right to be autonomous.

The NFD clubs are now claiming the league is taking its time in resolving their matter as their future should have been decided earlier this month.

This week, the PSL announced that all NFD fixtures were suspended indefinitely pending a special annual general meeting involving both structures at the end of August.

The announcement was made by acting PSL chief executive Cambridge Mokanyane.

“We want our future to be decided soon so we know where we stand. This delay is already taking its toll on some of us as we don’t know whether we are coming or going,” said the source.

PSL clubs will have to decide on the amount allocated to the solidarity fund where a once-off payment to NFD clubs will be made to keep the league afloat.

However, another source said some of the PSL clubs were also resisting and were unwilling to vote in favour of the NFD.

“Some PSL clubs don’t want anything to do with us. They feel we don’t deserve a share. We don’t know how much they’re going to give us. We are clueless on the issue and about our future.”

Several first division club owners have opted to sell their clubs because of the issue of the “small grant” the clubs receive from the PSL and the high cost of running their entities.

Carara Kicks, FC Cape Town and United FC are said to be among the clubs that are up for sale.

Dynamos owner Pat Malabela and Sivutsa Stars boss Derick Khoza confirmed that no correspondence had been entered into between the parties so far.

PSL’s head of stakeholder and communication, Connie Motshumi, said: “The PSL acting chief executive wrote to NFD clubs informing them about the decision to suspend fixtures until further notice.

“This matter will be discussed at the next special general meeting and the PSL will communicate with the media after the meeting. We will not comment any further until this meeting.”

Meanwhile, the SA Football Supporters’ Association (Safsa) has threatened to bring PSL games to a standstill if the league does not review its new Q-Innovation.

This competition, announced by chairman Irvin Khoza last Friday, wants to reward journalists who correctly predict the outcomes of football games and log standings within the first quarter of the PSL with R500 000.

A peeved Safsa spokesperson, Saddam Maake, said the reward was discouraging to supporters who spent their money week in and week out to watch PSL matches.

He said supporters deserved a slice of the cake.

“We go to stadiums every week using our own money. We sacrifice our lives for the football. And this is what we get? PSL and Absa (the league sponsors) do not take us seriously. We will boycott all the matches and see if journalists will fill the stadiums,” he said.

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