Too many Cups: De Haan slams PSL schedule

2010-10-13 00:00

CAPE TOWN — Ajax Cape Town head coach Foppe de Haan has slammed the way in which Premier Soccer League fixtures are scheduled.

A number of clubs have not had any league action for nearly three weeks due to cup matches and the international break, while the Urban Warriors last featured in the league nearly a month ago.

De Haan believes that should not be allowed to happen and has hit out at the fixture list and the way the league is run, insisting that PSL matches should be reserved for weekends and cup games in midweek.

“I want to start off by saying something about the PSL schedule ... it is really bad,” De Haan said. “If you look at clubs they should be playing five, six or seven games before there is an international break. But here there are a lot of cups — the MTN cup, the Telkom cup, and then a lot of teams are out.

“In my opinion, if you want to promote your own league, you have to play each week. The cup games should be on a Wednesday and just the final on a weekend, it is much better for all. It is also much better for the way we train and it helps us to play better football.

“We need continuity. If we don’t have that then we have a real problem and in my opinion that was happening during this period.

“It was a really bad period for the South African PSL and that is not good.”

The Urban Warriors return to league action on Friday night when they host Santos in the Cape Town derby at the Cape Town Stadium.


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