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SA SOCCER NEWS
Major Boost For Players 23/12/03
In a major step forward for professional soccer players in South Africa, the PSL and the South African Soccer Players Union on Monday signed an agreement which will recognize players as the premier assets of the league.

John Moeti, the vice President of the South African Soccer Players Union, and Trevor Phillips, the CEO of the PSL, signed an agreement in Johannesburg which will see the two organizations work together in a mutually beneficial way for the first time.

"This is the start of a long-term relationship which we think is long over due, said Phillips at the signing ceremony.

When we come back in the New Year we are going to iron out how we are going to work together."

The occasion was witnessed by the president of South Africa Football Association Molefi Olifant and Chief Operations Officer Albert Mokoena who both backed the agreement.

Moeti said he wanted to see soccer in South Africa run like any other corporate company in the country.
 
"This is what we have been fighting for all along, said Moeti. We are not going to be representing the players regarding their contracts only, but we think we can make a huge contribution when it comes to the clubs versus country issues.

"When we come back in the New Year we are going to fight for players to get a share from the TV rights.

We think that the players needs need to be taken as part and parcel of what happens in soccer.

With this agreement we can now sit down and talk with each other as equal partners, added Moeti.

"We have been having many problems in soccer, it is not only clubs that were short changing players, even the agents were also short changing players.

To some extent the players were signing contracts with more than one club, and this kind of things is going to be a thing of the past."

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