Issue of bonuses finally settled

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

The contentious issue of the Premier Soccer League's 10 percent bonus for the sponsorship committee was finally resolved yesterday after it was agreed to set aside R70 million for that purpose.

This as a "token of gratitude" to the sponsorship committee for its role in securing new financial deals for the organisation.

The decision was taken at a meeting of the board of governors - the league's highest decision-making body - in Sandton.

Irvin Khoza, the league's chairman, said: "The meeting agreed to set aside R70 million to pay out the negotiating team for all the sponsors[hips].

"In addition, the meeting further agreed that any other persons who may have played a role will also be rewarded.

"That excludes Trevor Phillips [former PSL chief executive] and Peter Mancer [owner of Diversity Management]."

Mancer's company - which also secured the Telkom Knockout sponsorship - has been employed by the PSL as their marketing consultants.

Elaborating on the duo's exclusion, Khoza said: "The meeting agreed that we must investigate their obligations towards the PSL in terms of their contracts.

"A report back on this matter will be tabled on November 10 at the annual general meeting [of the National Soccer League]. Mr [Jomo] Sono was appointed convenor of that committee. The other members are Jose Ferreira and Jabu Khumalo."

Khumalo is the co-director of National First Division League side African Warriors, while Ferreira is with SuperSport United.

John Comitis, a PSL executive member who was opposed to bonus payment, said: "I was very happy with the proceedings. As for further comment, speak to the chairman."

The widely publicised bonus issue was referred to the BOG by the executive after it was agreed in principle that internal people should be paid 10 percent commission.

This was after clubs had raised concerns about the fact that the league was paying between 20 and 25 percent commission to external people for the same purpose.

The sponsorship committee that secured the television rights deal with SuperSport and Absa's Premiership deal were Khoza, Kaizer Motaung and Mato Madlala. Phillips and Mancer were also part of the team.

There was a brouhaha over the bonuses after the deal for television rights was sealed with SuperSport for R1,6 billion and the R500 million sponsorship was secured from the bank.

On the issue of radio rights, Khoza said the proposal by SABC was presented to the clubs.

Some of them do not want exclusive rights so that community radio stations can also be used to promote their activities.

"The SABC came up with a good deal, both monetary and airtime. It is R450000 per club, but those who want more can negotiate," said Khoza.

"Airtime to the league includes a 30 minute slot to discuss our issues. That includes the fixture changes, tickets update, disciplinary cases' outcome and others. SABC still has to come back to us, we want to use all the stations."