League is welcomed

Meshack Khotha

Meshack Khotha

Most coaches of Premiership teams have welcomed the kickoff of the newly formed Premier Soccer League Reserve League.

They strongly believe it is a going to be a preparatory ground for further development of players and will help injured players regain their form.

George Kutumela, Benoni Premier United's coach, said: "The Reserve League will be helpful in terms of raising the standard of both senior and junior players.''

Eric Tinkler of Bidvest Wits, which fielded only four professional players on Monday, remarked: "It is a good idea to have a competitive league of this magnitude.

"It will assist the injured players to recover quickly and also help the standard of the development teams, including the under-16s and under-19s.''

Isaac Shai of Mamelodi Sundowns and SuperSport United United's Godfrey Mosoetsa shared the same sentiments.

"The formation of the league is a great step in the right direction. Those players who don't play regularly in their teams will keep themselves fit," said Shai.

Collen Tlemo of Jomo Cosmos said: "It is good to have a reserve league.''

This week's results: Orlando Pirates 4, Bidvest Wits 1; Kaizer Chiefs 4, Benoni Premier United 1; Moroka Swallows 4, Mamelodi Sundowns 1; Jomo Cosmos 0, SuperSport United 0.

Monday's fixtures: Germiston: Swallows v Pirates;

Caledonian Stadium: SuperSport United v Benoni Premier United;

Bidvest Stadium: Wits v Cosmos;

Eldorado Stadium: Chiefs v Sundowns.

All games start at 4pm.