Mpho Motsoeneng look at the format for the Mvela Platinum play-offs and brings into question whether the 15th placed PSL team should be given a second chance...
It is a forgone conclusion that Free State Stars will regain their Premiership status come end of the season?
Though with the same breath the second spot in the Mvela League is far from being decided even with the late advances from Durban Stars.
I always welcome new fresh-recruits into the PSL with open arms especially from unfancied outfits from not so football recognised areas, in this case KwaZulu-Natal.
Zulu Royals and African Wanderers has done nothing for the province but earn themselves the title of being the yoyo teams of the elite league. And now with Manning Rangers facing the chop in the PSL ,its time for the whole Province to come out in numbers and support Durban Stars or else the KZN is doomed.
Sadly but true, the Durban outfit can go all the way with unconditional support from all facets that the province has in its ammunition and actually snatch the second spot, but never find themselves in the PSL.
Why? Because of the unnecessary platinum play-offs. It makes no sense that a team in the Mvela League with limited resources at its disposal, puts in effort throughout the whole season and then goes into a play-off against a team which wasn't simply good enough to stay in the lucrative PSL.
This is professional football and not a quest where the loser is entitled a second chance. It pains me to think that the worst team in the PSL can find itself back in the league that easily.
I believe in a phrase that says 'don't fix what is not broken'. In this case the system that has worked all this time requires no fixing, the bottom two teams that could not take the heat in the PSL should get out of the PSL and make way for hungrier teams.
Its good that a big company like Mvelaphanda Holdings is involved in our beloved sport and the world renowned sports manufacturer like Diadora is supplying the teams with the kits.
For me these advances are the best thing since a soccer ball was invented, okay maybe I'm pushing it ,but highly overdue.
The Mvela League is top notch and runs clock-wise and that fills my heart with joy, soon players will be able to make careers playing in this league as is the case in the European second division leagues.
In closing I hope the administrators sort this potential mess before the opening of the next season because its unnecessary.
by Mpho Motsoeneng