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Can Irvin Khoza be an impartial PSL chairman?

Can Irvin Khoza be an impartial PSL chairman?

Posted: 6 November 2012 Time: 10:08 am

In the wake of his nomination for Sascoc President, Dr Irvin Khoza's decision to seek another term as PSL chairman is seen by many in the football world as a mistake.

Khoza was recently revealed to be the only candidate nominated for the position of PSL chairman. The elections that will be held in Johannesburg on November 8.

"I will submit my report and the [PSL executive committtee] members will decide what is in their interests," he told Business Day in September. "It is important to acknowledge that a lot of work has been achieved. This executive really served the interest of its members beyond expectations."

Questions have always been raised as to whether Khoza's multiple responsibilities as PSL chairman, Orlando Pirates chairman and Safa vice president are too much for one person to handle.

However, revelations by the that SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) that Khoza will be the sole challenger to Gideon Sam for the position of president at the Committee's elections in December has cast doubt on his ability to juggle all four responsibilities at once.

Nobody doubts the capabilities of the 'Iron Duke' as one of the country's top football administrators.

As chairman of the PSL, Khoza played a key role in securing its current sponsors Absa Group Limited.

He has also been at the forefront of the transformation of the PSL brand into a profitable, well-run organisation; a League that is not very far off from the top football leagues in the world.

It was under Khoza's leadership, as chairman of the 2010 World Cup Organising Committee, that South Africa delivered a successful tournament, described by Fifa president Sepp Blatter, in fact, as: "… the greatest World Cup ever."

But the Iron Duke's football acumen and insight have been even more apparent at Orlando Pirates, where under his leadership – which intensified, by his own admission, after the World Cup – the club has managed to win an unprecedented six domestic titles in two consecutive seasons.

A number of local officials, however, feel that Khoza may not be able to discharge his duties as PSL chairman objectively as long as he is also the chairman of Orlando Pirates.

This, they say, creates a conflict of interest.

Which is why there is a feeling within local football circles that perhaps it is time for the Iron Duke to make way for new blood in the PSL's top echelons of power.

While such a principled decision would undoubtedly preserve Khoza's legacy as one of the most pre-eminent football administrators ever to be produced by the country, such suggestions are not openly made to the Iron Duke.

KickOff.com spoke to a number of administers, coaches and officials, but none were willing to go on record as being against Khoza's re-election as PSL chairman.

As one prominent football supporter put it: "While many people feel Khoza cannot be completely impartial as PSL chairman while he is also the owner of Orlando Pirates, this is a very sensitive matter. I would never mention this in the open."

PSL communications head Connie Motshumi says the constitution of the football body does not prevent any official from continually seeking re-election.

"There is no conflict of interest if a PSL official is also a chairman of a football club because the officials are bound by the constitution of the PSL," Motshumi tells KickOff.com.

"In fact, individuals occupying PSL positions do so by virtue of being involved in running football at their respective clubs. So there is no conflict of interest," she adds.

Previous comments on this story...

Born Khosi
posted: 10:14 am
Amazingly 80% of Orlando-Wits players only got to know of GMAIL and Skype at the launce of the center at Orlando Stadium with Acer…

The young 3rd choice keeper even enjoyed his first Skype session and taught it’s the first in SA…

Shame…

Rise….
TREBLE CHAMP KING
posted: 10:17 am

"There is no conflict of interest if a PSL official is also a chairman of a football club because the officials are bound by the constitution of the PSL," Motshumi tells

People must read and learn

I am so blessed to be associated with such a brain, The colonel of Mzansi soccer, The iron Duke.

i am behind you my President, the man who is a multi-billionnaire without any formal education
TREBLE CHAMP KING
posted: 10:19 am

Born Khosi: dont be short cited, we all have responsible to educate society about any change in technology, new trends or developments.
GinoFeelo Balotelli
posted: 10:21 am
"A man was found in a galvanized bath basin wearing a Samson dungaree with a permanent marker-drawn "Dumisa Ngobe" portrait. Three rusty Minora razor blades were also found near the basin and on the wall it was written "f#ck you Mogorosi" with what is believed to be his own blood. After searching the house for clues...numerous "Nespray" powder milk tins were found in every room. He had used the latter as his piggybanks, spice containers and storage for other personal belongings." - Citizen

PS: Whoever has a clue about this man's identity must urgently call Sergeant F. Fumigatorson on 085 000 1010
BORN BUCCANEER
posted: 10:22 am
In the iron duke we (THE NATION) believe!!! This man should continue leading PSL ,it was him (Dr Khoza) who turned from where it was into what it is now. What a leader! He is the Legacy of South African Soccer! AMEN
TREBLE CHAMP KING
posted: 10:22 am

I will only engage those who understand the NSL article 12.

Lets engage each other with facts, lets not be emotional, Khoza does n't elect himself, the PSL has a board of directors and an executive committee.
thuth teller
posted: 10:23 am
I hear that He has also been anounced to be one contender in the run for the SA Presidency seat in Mangaung.He was quoted saying his son in law has taught him so many things about running the country.
Nipsy
posted: 10:24 am
Ke megabaru fela tse, real soccer people like Kaizer knows that is takes focus to succeed and build the biggest team in Africa, you don't need to have a divided attention. He must sell Pirates then or else it will remain a small team for as long as we live. 70 years of football with nothing to show for it.
TREBLE CHAMP KING
posted: 10:29 am

No normal wise and smart business man would build an empire and give it to the dogs to destroy.

The PSL is safe hands with Khoza and his employees
Khosiologyst ...''Echte Liebe''
posted: 10:30 am
MAY THE SOULS OF ALL PEOPLE WHO WERE MURDERED WHEN OPPOSING TO DICTATORSHIP REST IN PEACE!

WE WILL NEVER MOVE ANYWHERE AS LONG AS WE CELEBRATE MEDIOCRITY & PRAISE INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE WHAT THEY ARE BECAUSE OF DUBIOUS RELATIONS TO POLITICIANS!
Phunyuka Bang'phethe
posted: 10:32 am
What do you get when you put Wits University, Free State Stars and Golden Arrows together? Orlando Pirates aka Raiders FC, hehehe, kwaaaaakwakwakwa!!
Sanza da Fanatic
posted: 10:42 am
"KickOff.com spoke to a number of administers, coaches and officials, but none were willing to go on record as being against Khoza's re-election as PSL chairman."#Ayesab' amagwala, and these spineless and faceless cowards are the same people that we would expect to take over from the Duke, if none of them are willing to challenge him then it means they can never be man enough to fill his shoes.

DONASOUL
posted: 10:43 am
@ Nipsy, man to b the greatest in Africa u r measured by champions league star.Do u guys have any??? Hell noooooo
Senwabarwana
posted: 10:45 am
Paople ar scared to oppose his nomination,bcos of his past,they are scared of him cos they know what he is capable of.His past ar scary,so I understand why they are scared of him
Sweyts
posted: 10:50 am
It was under Khoza's leadership, as chairman of the 2010 World Cup Organising Committee, that South Africa delivered a successful tournament, described by Fifa president Sepp Blatter, in fact, as: "… the greatest World Cup ever."


If these zebra faith fools knew what was going on in SA football. They would know that this league, without DR IRVIN KHOZA its nothing. Yes, you all started hearing about a billion rands deals in "DR KHOZA ERA" as chairman. He's the only SOUTH AFRICAN in the FIFPRO committee. And he didn't elect himself... he was chose by FIFA
TREBLE CHAMP KING
posted: 11:10 am

Sweyts: let me be the first to welcome back the Sweyts master, boy, your intelligence was missed and humour was missed as well, now we have abo Phefeni boy, Khosiologist trying hard to fit in.

I said if non of you are not familiar with the NSL nomination procedure, then no one will take u seriously.
Champ Thabo Moroto(All Psl Trophies)
posted: 11:13 am
Khosa must voetsek. we don't want this cow anymore. He must concentrate on his team Sonono united.
He buys the psl players to injure KC players.
He buys refrees to be biased when the officiating KC games.
How can I 4get how he kicked us out of the Telkom thinking that he will win it.

we don't want this chairman of mafias tu.
Champ Thabo Moroto(All Psl Trophies)
posted: 11:16 am

Sweyts

posted: 10:50 am | Report

It was under Khoza's leadership, as chairman of the 2010 World Cup Organising Committee, that South Africa delivered a successful tournament, described by Fifa president Sepp Blatter, in fact, as: "… the greatest World Cup ever."
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Please go back to your hole and come back very sober......pls...
People like you, Mboro and Khosa are very dangerous to our communities.
Sanza da Fanatic
posted: 11:20 am
TREBLE CHAMP KING posted: 11:10 am | Report

Sweyts: let me be the first to welcome back the Sweyts master,

That is not the REAL Sweyts, the English and writing style says it all, "he was chose by FIFA" noma bathini aksuwuye lo
Chiefs Zobafenda Bonke 13/14
posted: 11:22 am
Khoza must lead CAF we are tired of ISSA mhlat-Hayatou
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