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PSL sets new start date as 2020/2021 campaign to begin on 17 October

Irvin Khoza (Gallo Images)
Irvin Khoza (Gallo Images)

Premier Soccer League (PSL) chairperson Irvin Khoza on Wednesday announced an amended start date for the upcoming 2020/2021 Premiership season to begin on 17 October.

Khoza confirmed in a press conference that the season will get underway as usual with the MTN8 competition on 17 October with the Premiership starting on 24 October.

"All this was done to ensure that we balance things [regarding the fixture schedule] as we're still waiting on the directives from government," Khoza said.

"Before we do the final planning regarding a fixture list we are hoping that we receive sooner rather than later new directives of governance going forward.

"We won't be undergoing a bio-safe environment again, it cost us R80-R90 million to host teams in the bio-safe bubble."

The executive committee in a meeting held on Tuesday ratified the new starting dates for the league.

Khoza went on to reveal further details on the new five-year deal with DStv as the league's new title sponsor starting from the upcoming season.

The prize-money for the league winners will remain the same as last season at R15 million with Khoza highlighting the current economic climate as a factor to why there is no increase.

"Because of the economic climate it forces us to do things differently and we have constraints at the PSL," Khoza said. "I did indicate in one of my press conferences that we don't have Telkom any longer as a sponsor and Absa has just left us

The PSL further committed to releasing the fixture list at the earliest possible date as member clubs would need to circumvent travel restrictions regarding the current difficulties with air travel restrictions.

- Compiled by Baden Gillion

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