Safa praises league

2016-06-15 06:00

DANNY JORDAAN, the South African Football Association (Safa) president, believes the increased professionalism in the ABC Motsepe League will lessen the need for clubs to buy franchises to gain promotion to the PSL.

NFD club AmaZulu tried to purchase the status of Mpumalanga Black Aces around this time last year following their relegation from the Premiership, but were rejected by the PSL, presumably on the grounds that they would have been “buying promotion”.

But there are also success stories on the field of play as the likes of Baroka FC and Mbombela United have come up from the third division, with one of them already in the top-flight and the other contesting promotion via the playoffs.

“Firstly, all the club owners are here (at the ABC Motsepe League launch) where previously they would just send anybody to represent them. I see the excitement amongst the club owners. They are here personally,” Jordaan told reporters.

“When they look beyond into the First Division and into the Premier League, they see there is a clear path now in South African football for how you get into the Premier League.

“Some years ago, that was a question. Clubs in the amateur competitions were asking ‘How do we get into the Premier League?’ and the only entry at that time was to buy a franchise and invariably it turned out to be a disaster. You can look back at Bay United and all of the clubs that bought a franchise. They would just go down.

“So it is important to look at financial support, but more importantly, corporate governance and administration is also required at the highest level. You must be an organised club.

“So the ABC Motsepe League has now brought about a situation where the team promoted out of the league has the quality to compete in the First Division and contest even for promotion, as we have seen now with both Baroka, who have been promoted into the Premier League, and Highlands Park, as well as Mbombela United, who are on the verge of breaking through into the Premier League.” –

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