PSL needs to up game off the pitch

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We pride ourselves as a football-mad nation over the fact that our Premier Soccer League is among the most professional in the world.

A relatively small nation as we are, located on the southern tip of the African continent, we enjoy punching above our weight.

And so it is not uncommon among soccer fans to try and compare our league with the best around the world. Yes the quality of the football played on the field is not yet at the levels of La Liga; Serie A or the English Premiership. But from a commercialisation perspective, the PSL is perhaps in the best 10 leagues around the world.

Competitively, ours is among the most unpredictable with at least 4 or 5 teams considered likely to win the league at the start of a season.

This makes PSL one of the most exciting leagues around. No wonder pay-TV group MultiChoice continues to pay top dollar for the rights to broadcast the games.

However, unless the administrators of our top league raise their game in terms of managing the sport, the future of our football is in danger.

The uncertainty surrounding the hosting of future matches at the new Peter Mokaba Stadium as well as other venues in Limpopo is a cause for concern. It paints football's administrators as amateurish, overlooking key elements of their responsibilities such as ensuring that venues are available and suitable to accommodate the sport.

Limpopo is a massive support base, not just for the local clubs but for the football fraternity as a whole. Limpopo fans fill up the venues without fail when major teams come to play in the province.

It is therefore inexplicable that anyone would have allowed for the current situation where there is now doubt if Polokwane City; Baroka FC and Black Leopards will be able to play all their home fixtures in their home province.

The league generally finishes in May of every year and resumes in August. That is ample time for PSL teams and the league to sort out any of the issues and concerns that may prevent stadiums from being used for games.

Supporters, the players, club owners and the sponsors do not deserve these last-minute questions about the suitability of stadiums. It leaves a bitter taste in the mouth.

The PSL must up its game.

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