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Khoza – Why PSL Exec Can’t Comment On Chiefs Matter

The Premier Soccer League (PSL) chairman Dr. Irvin Khoza has explained why the league’s executive cannot comment on Kaizer Chiefs’ Covid-19 outbreak.

Khoza confirmed during a press conference on Wednesday that the Chiefs matter has been handed over to the legal department and he cannot comment more at this point in time.

On 20 December, the PSL published a media release, which stated that the PSL Executive had rejected Chiefs’ request to postpone their December fixtures and stated they would hold a press conference on the matter on 5 January.

On Wednesday, though, Khoza stated he cannot give more clarity on the matter as it has been directed to the legal department after Chiefs stated they would appeal the decision.

However, he was later in the presser again asked about the matter and gave more insight as to why it has been taking so long and why he can’t comment more.

“On the number of cases that were still outstanding and that is why the executive committee took the conscious decision and remember in 2018 we brought a prosecutor here, that he must explain the same question that you are asking [now] because we don’t get involved as a league because the judicatory is independent, he gave you his answers,” Khoza stated when asked why the PSL sent out a media release that Wednesday’s press conference would address the Chiefs’ situation. 

“Hopefully now that we have Mr. Majavu, the backlog that is there is going to be dealt with and assist in making sure that there are no open cases for a certain period of time.

“One of the decisions that we took there must be no open cases on the conveyer belt, they must all be finalised when the season closes.

“Yes, I was hoping [we could announce a decision on the Chiefs matter today], but now it is a matter that is still alive. 

“I don’t know what is going to happen, it has an appeal. Now imagine, we’re dealing with the issues that are still on the table. 

“Now it would be a contradiction of ‘you said this, I said this’. Let’s stick to what is in front of us as executive committee that is presented. If this matter is taken on review, the matter will unfold at a point in time.

“I’m saying remove the voice of the executive committee, my voice, on this matter because this is a process and that is why we had a very difficult task in discussing the matter, because there were people that were saying there is a case, why don’t you take this decision.

“There must be a process to deal with this matter, in terms of what has been raised by the teams concerned and the requests they made for the consideration of the decision. 

“That’s why I’m saying that it’s important we don’t make comments while the matter is still alive, it’s not finalised yet. 

“From us as the executive committee the matter goes back to the football department, what’s happening there I don’t know. 

“That’s why I’m saying every bit of caution is better than to comment because the matter goes to appeal [and] I raise issues here, it might be prejudging matters or giving a sland to the matter. 

“Everything was done in a circumspect matter, that’s why we took our time with the matter, to apply our minds.

“Whatever decision is going to come in future, we accept the outcome of that decision.”  

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