Secret revealed that PSL doesn’t play fair with Sundowns
The Premier Soccer League has postponed midweek matches ahead of next weekend’s MTN8 final — just one week after refusing Mamelodi Sundowns the same privilege ahead of their African Champions League semifinals.
The PSL on Friday announced that Sundowns’ match with Bloemfontein Celtic next Wednesday and Wits’ trip to Ajax Cape Town the same night were postponed to allow both sides to better prepare for the final‚ which is being played at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit on Saturday‚ October 1.
The decision is not unexpected but is at odds with the PSL’s unexplained refusal to postponed Sundowns’ matches ahead of their African Champions League assignment with Zesco United.
Sundowns wanted more time to prepare for both legs of the semifinal and asked the PSL for a postponement.
But it was refused and they had to play Maritzburg United away last Wednesday before going to Ndola at the weekend (where they lost 2-1) and Chippa United at home this Wednesday‚ ahead of Saturday’s second leg against the Zambian club at Atteridgeville.
PSL spokesman Lux September did not answer queries about the discrepancy.
When Orlando Pirates played both key group matches and knockout stage games in the 2013 Caf Champions League and the 2015 Caf Confederation Cup they were granted a raft of postponements by the league but the same courtesy was not extended to Sundowns.
This despite the club being well placed to deliver glory to South African football and needing assistance to be better prepared.
Had Sundowns played next Wednesday against Celtic – who have been their bogey team over the last two seasons – they would have amassed a total of seven matches inside a three-week period.
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