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Plan is to attract world's top players

By unknown | Dec 10, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

The Premier Soccer League has embarked on a series of advanced workshops to assist their clubs to run their affairs in a more professional way.

This is also in line with a vision by Irvin Khoza, PSL chairman, to make their organisation "a league of choice" globally after the 2010 World Cup.

Khoza said they wanted the PSL to attract top players from South America, Asia and European countries.

Khoza said that would also see players from west Africa and other parts of the continent coming to South Africa rather than going elsewhere in the world.

The PSL is now ranked among the richest soccer leagues in the world after luring some of the traditionally white companies into the beautiful game.

This was after the PSL acquired a whooping R1,6 billion from SuperSport International for the television rights and R500 million for the Absa Premiership.

The most recent moolah coming in was the R400 million sponsorship from Nedbank, who are bankrolling the South African FA Cup.

The PSL hosted an online workshop, conducted by chief executive Kjetil Siem, last week where various Premiership clubs attended.

"We dealt with the online media rights and everything to do with the soccer business during the workshop," said the media-friendly Siem yesterday. "We also covered the PA Sports statistics and developing website. My vision is to see all the Premiership and First Division clubs developing their own websites.

"We will help those who needed assistance.

"I was happy with the response despite the fact not all the clubs attended the workshop. But it will be difficult for me to drag all the clubs to the workshops. It is up to an individual club to attend or not.

"We are planning more workshops to empower our clubs," said Siem, a former sports journalist who is also a highly qualified expert on multimedia projects.

Khoza said he was happy that the PSL had embarked on various programmes aimed at enlightening the clubs.


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