New PSL boss causes a fine Kjetil of fish

The decision by the Premier Soccer League's executive committee to appoint Norwegian Kjetil Siem as chief executive has sparked debate from within soccer and from without.

The decision by the Premier Soccer League's executive committee to appoint Norwegian Kjetil Siem as chief executive has sparked debate from within soccer and from without.

Angered by the decision, parliament's sports portfolio committee, through chairman Butana Komphela, called for the resignation of PSL chairman Irvin Khoza and Molefi Oliphant, president of the South African Football Association.

Komphela also called for a judicial commission of inquiry into football.

Kaizer Motaung, chairman of Kaizer Chiefs and a member of the PSL's executive committee, says in a column on the club's website: "The suggestion that Safa was involved in the appointment of a new PSL CEO indicates absolute ignorance of the facts and some absence of education, amazingly from someone who chairs parliament's watchdog committee on sports.

"I still cannot understand how Mr Molefi Oliphant was drawn into the fray whilst the decision for the appointment rested on the shoulders of those that administer and run the PSL.

"It is disturbing that the accuser can single out Dr Irvin Khoza and blindly drag Mr Oliphant by ignoring the input of the entire executive committee of the PSL after thoroughly scrutinising and debating the matter at length."

He adds: "I would advise that hauling the entire Safa executive committee and perhaps the PSL executive committee before the portfolio committee, or watchdog committee on sports, may yield no progress if those that cast such stones are themselves oblivious and absent of understanding the true nature of the business of sports, and football in particular."

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