Khoza said the person who takes over from him will have to balance commercial requirements with sponsors‚ clubs and fans.
“If it was to happen today or tomorrow‚ members will decide because the choice is theirs but I am saying from the benefit of hindsight that bringing in someone who understands the value proposition and challenges we are facing is essential.
“That person will have to balance the commercial requirements of the sponsors with the interests of supporters and expectations of the media and creates conversations among fans to remain relevant and ensure the interests of the clubs.
“And the interests of unsung heroes who dip deep into their pockets to finance their clubs [the supporters]. They are never spoken about and are forgotten. These are the guys who said I am going to raise my hand and spend my family’s money.”
Khoza said when he was appointed PSL chair nobody gave him a chance.
“The moment finds the man. When I became chairman nobody thought I would be chair. They said I am conflicted‚ he is a club man‚ doesn’t he have experience and whatever.
“Time was a determiner and we cannot forfeit a solution because this is a members' organisation. For them to have taken a decision at that time to change the constitution for me to be given a chance to serve their interests‚ it dawned in my mind that they are saying I must be chairman because they want someone with a skin in the game.
“There were people who were employed somewhere‚ independent people‚ but they had no understanding of the environment and the ecosystem.
“We are being given that kind of menu to say we must have independent people but they also have agendas. They come in‚ take the league and make it their fiefdom.
“I remember one CEO we appointed years back‚ he went to all the clubs and said‚ ' Irvin Khoza and Kaizer Motaung must go'. He is hardly six months in the job and he says 'Irvin Khoza and Kaizer Motang must go because they are not God'.
“Imagine‚ we have invested our lives in the business where we are spending from our pockets and not from grants. The guy decides this because of his plans‚ not the plans of the members who want somebody to assist them to advance the cause of their business.”