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Team director blames PSL for hectic schedule

By unknown | Aug 27, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Sipho Mthembu

Sipho Mthembu

Mamelodi Sundowns feel this week will be one of their toughest this season and point the blame finger at the Premier Soccer League.

The Brazilians played a category A league fixture against Moroka Swallows in Germiston yesterday. They have to find time to rest today and get themselves to Polokwane sometime tomorrow for Wednesday evening's SAA Supa8 semifinal against Jomo Cosmos.

They will return to Johannesburg after the game or Thursday morning to prepare for their evening flight to Yaounde, Cameroon.

They will arrive in Yaounde at 3am on Friday morning and later proceed to Douala, hold a training session at the match venue on Friday afternoon and play the match on Saturday.

"Makes no sense if you asked me," fired up Sundowns executive director Afzal Khan said yesterday. "We are treated as if we are not representing South Africa.

"Why have two Gauteng teams play a semifinal in Polokwane. It would have made things easier for us if the game was played in Gauteng," Khan argued.

However, the PSL came out all guns blazing in self-defence yesterday.

Said PSL general manager for soccer Andrew Dipela: "I think Sundowns must be fair to the league and the South African public.

"I wrote a letter addressed to Afzal Khan before the draw requesting details of their departure for Cameroon and also to know which of the two semifinal days, Wednesday or Thursday, would suit them best.

"With that information, I would have even made a request that they played the semifinal on Tuesday.

"To this day, I haven't had any response. A perception is being created that the league is targeting Sundowns for special treatment when, in fact, people don't do their work.

"I think that club president, Patrice Motsepe, should be told that people in his office fail to respond to issues and want to blame the league.

"We've made it clear to Sundowns that there was no way we could have postponed the semifinal because the week after is a Fifa week, followed by the week for the final," Dipela went on.

By yesterday, Sundowns were still clueless on the whereabouts of their Venezuelan striker Jose Torrealba, who has been ordered by Fifa to return to the club after claiming that his signature renewing his contract had been forged.


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