South African cricket was plunged into chaos after the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) instructed the board of Cricket South Africa board to step aside.
In a strongly worded letter, SASCOC demanded that “the CSA board and those senior executives who serve ex-officio on the board (the company secretary, the acting CEO, the CFO and the COO) are directed to step aside from the administration of CSA on full pay”, citing “many instances of maladministration and malpractice that have occurred since at least December 2019.”
“This has manifestly caused great concern and consternation amongst your own members, former and current members of the national team of the Proteas, stakeholders, sponsors, and members of the cricket-loving public,” the letter read.
“There can be no doubt that this has caused cricket to lose the trust and confidence of members of the public, stakeholders, sponsors and the players represented by SACA [the South African Cricketers’ Association]. All this has brought cricket into disrepute.”
“SASCOC has attempted to address these issues in two meetings with the CSA board: one was exploratory, and the other failed to take place mainly because of the fact that CSA failed to make the… forensic report available to the SASCOC board despite promises and undertakings by CSA to do so. CSA is in receipt of our letter which records that the board’s decision to make the said report available only on a limited basis to the president and board members of SASCOC, is wholly unreasonable and irrational given the apparent nature and scope of the report.”
Cricket South Africa has been embroiled in controversy after a number of key board members stepped down following corruption charges. In August, former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Thabang Moroe was fired for misconduct after an independent investigation found him guilty of misconduct. He had been charged with a number of allegations‚ including the abuse of credit cards‚ the revocation of media accreditation for journalists during the Mzansi Super League and insubordination.
Acting CEO Jacques Faul and president Chris Nenzani resigned last month with Kugandrie Govender replacing Faul.Acting CEO Jacques Faul and president Chris Nenzani resigned last month with Kugandrie Govender replacing Faul.
In response, CSA released a statement objecting to SASCOC’s decision.
“CSA, including its Members’ Council, does not agree with the resolution taken by SASCOC and has not had the opportunity to engage with SASCOC on various issues raised in the communication.
“In addition, CSA is taking legal advice regarding the basis on which SASCOC has sought to intervene in the business affairs of CSA. CSA does, however, commit to engaging further with SASCOC to understand its position and to find common ground with it in the best interests of cricket,” said CSA.
The situation currently puts CSA at risk of a strong response from the ICC. In July 2019, the ICC handed Zimbabwe and Nepal with suspensions due to government interference. However, after a board meeting in October in Dubai, the two teams were re-instated.
PSL unveil DStv as new title sponsor
Africa’s foremost broadcast organization DStv has been unveiled as the new headline sponsor of South Africa’s Premier Soccer League. MultiChoice and the Premier Soccer League announced on Thursday 24 September that DStv has signed a five-year deal to become the new title sponsor of the league. They replace South African banking giants ABSA who ended their 13-year sponsorship at the end of the 2019/20 season.
According to PSL chairman Dr. Irvin Khoza, the establishment of the DStv Premiership is a natural evolution to the relationship and will be a powerful synergy, in what it brings for the football supporters.
“As the PSL continues to innovate with a quest to improve its product, it will have a full backing of DStv, whose offering require an abundance of local content,” he said.
“There is no ‘them and us’. We are joined at the hip to produce enhanced consumption of the best product for our deserving supporters.”
“This affiliation is special because it is the only affiliation that is as appealing to the young as it is to the old. It is the only affiliation that cuts across race, gender, creed, culture and political affiliations in the manner that it does. It creates equal conversations between people irrespective of their educational backgrounds and social strata.
“Through the DStv Premiership, we are expanding football’s reach deeper and wider in partnership with the PSL. This league is for every South African and every community represented in our uniquely diverse nation.” Mawela emphasizes. “With more games televised than ever before, we are deliberately creating space for all South Africans to call this competition their own,” he concluded.
MultiChoice Group CEO, Calvo Mawela believes the deal between DStv and the Premier Soccer League speaks to the essence of who and what the two organizations represent.“The DStv Premiership is the coming together of two brands that connect South Africans emotionally”, says Mawela. “Whether you are watching the best of local football or the best local entertainment, the passion for both is unmatched.
“Over the years the PSL has created stars on the field of play that have brought joy to millions. So too has DStv, creating platforms for stars to flourish and entertain. Football and entertainment are entrenched in the South African experience.
“As part of this new chapter in South African football, the DStv Premiership strives to reach every community in South Africa, both existing PSL loyalists and emerging new groups. Babize Bonke is our call to all South Africans to come together in the experience of a common passion.”
With the new PSL season scheduled to begin in October, speculations continue to swirl around the future of SuperSport United. Matsatsantsa are owned by SuperSport which is a South African Pan-Africa group of television channels carried on the DStv satellite platform.
SuperSport United are one of the top teams in South African football having been originally known as Pretoria City. The club was purchased by SuperSport in 1994 and the club got approval from the National Soccer League (NSL) and the club was renamed.
The Tshwane giants became the second team after their city rivals Mamelodi Sundowns to win three successive PSL titles, between 2008 and 2010. They have also won Nedbank Cups, three MTN8 titles and one Telkom Knockout Cup. They are also the reigning MTN8 champions having defeated Highlands Park in last year’s final.
Reports say the club is considering selling their PSL status like Bidvest Wits and Highlands Park recently did, as the newly announced sponsorship between their parent company and the PSL will raise questions about the integrity of the competition.
However, SuperSport Utd management released a statement earlier in the week refuting any plans to sell the franchise.
“We have been made aware of the rumours and speculation regarding the potential sale of the club,” a club statement read.
“These are untrue. We can categorically state that there have been no such approaches and, more importantly, the club is not up for sale.”
Wits have been purchased by National First Division (NFD) side Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila and the club is set to relocate to Limpopo. Wits were due to celebrate their 100th anniversary next season having been founded in 1921, but instead, will now cease to exist.
On their part, Highlands Park sold their top-flight status to NFD outfit TS Galaxy and are expected to relocate to Mpumalanga.
Pro14 And SA Rugby In Talks To Add More South African Teams
The Guinness Pro14 has confirmed that it has begun discussions with SA Rugby about a possible future expansion to include more South African franchises.
The talks could see high profile teams like the high-profile Stormers, Lions, Sharks, and Bulls – who have been playing in Super Rugby – to participate in regular competition with the Irish provinces, as well as the Italian, Scottish, and Welsh sides.
Pro14 Rugby also confirmed that the existing South African franchises, the Cheetahs and Kings, will not feature in the opening half of the new 2020/21 Pro14 season, which is due to get underway in two weekends’ time.
That is due to travel restrictions in the case of the Cheetahs, while the Kings have withdrawn due to their crippling financial situation.
An official statement from Guinness Pro 14 Rugby read:
“On 25 August, Pro14 Rugby acknowledged that under current international travel restrictions it is not possible for South African teams to fulfill Guinness Pro14 fixtures until 2021.
“Pro14 Rugby welcomes the news that the South African Rugby Union (SA Rugby) has been able to arrange a domestic schedule for its professional teams and that this is the first step in the return of their teams to on-field action.
“SA Rugby’s long-standing commitments are to field two teams in the Guinness Pro14 and in light of the withdrawal of the Southern Kings, discussions are on-going about fulfilling this agreement from 2021 using a replacement team from its current professional franchises.
“Additionally, both Pro14 Rugby and SA Rugby are in early discussions about potentially expanding the tournament and deepening our partnership to include more South African franchises from 2021.”
The Pro14 season will kick-off on Friday 2 October with Parma hosting the first fixture of the term against the Cardiff Blues at the Stadio Ennio Tardini in Italy.
The Pro14 Conferences will remain the same as for the 2019/20 season in the upcoming campaign in keeping with their two-year rotation of the tables.
Sheppard and Zwane Appointed As Kaizer Chiefs Assistant Coaches
South African Premier Soccer League (PSL) side Kaizer Chiefs have appointed former Bafana Bafana internationals Dillon Sheppard and Arthur Zwane as their new assistant coaches for the new season.
The Soweto giants let go of their technical staff following their disappointing title chase last season with Ernst Middendorp and his assistant Shaun Bartlett shown the exit.
Chiefs announced the appointment of Sheppard and Zwane on Twitter.
“It’s official! Zwane and Sheppard named as assistant coaches.”
“We would like to announce the appointment of Arthur Zwane and Dillon Sheppard as Gavin Hunt’s assistants.”
The new season will see the Chiefs have new faces on their technical bench with former Bidvset Wits coach Gavin Hunt appointed as the new man at the helm, assisted by Sheppard and Zwane.
Sheppard worked with Hunt as a player and assistant coach at Bidvest Wits, while Zwane mentored Chiefs’ development side in the reserve league.
Amakhosi got close to ending their trophy drought last season as they let the league title slip on the final day of the season after spending most parts of it on the top of the league table.
The three new men in added to the technical area will seek to end Amakhosi’s five year wait for a trophy.
The Soweto giants club chairman Kaizer Motaung has assured the trio they will receive the support they will need to succeed at the club.
“The wealth of experience among the three gentlemen is what we need to ensure we compete and build a strong team.” Motaung said.
Club legend Doctor Khumalo is also linked with a return to Chiefs as we expect more changes in their technical team in the coming days.
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