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The League's General Manager of Football Derek Blanckensee expalins AmaZulu, Sundowns decision

Posted: 19 April 2011 Time: 12:29

Ian Gorowa's criticism of the PSL's decision to rearrange Mamelodi Sundowns' postponed fixture against AmaZulu for May 4, has been roundly slammed by the League's General Manager of Football Derek Blanckensee. 

In a statement released today, Blanckensee outlines how it came about that the Brazilians will face three crucial matches in the space of a week and also hints that the Sundowns' coach could be censured for his innuendo that ‘something funny is going on'.

"Playing three matches within a week is not unusual in our fixtures. Wherever we have a set of midweek fixtures between two weekends this is the case. Sundowns and all other teams have done this a number of times already this season," says Blanckensee.

"Our policy is to never force teams to play one fixture within 48hrs of another (e.g. Sunday followed by Tuesday) but Sunday-Wednesday or Wednesday – Saturday is normal.

"After heavy rain washed out the original encounter at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday afternoon, both sides had expected officials to reschedule for Tuesday or Wednesday this week, as requested.

"Our rules require that we give five days notice of all fixtures unless both clubs and the League agree to a shorter notice period. When the decision was taken to abandon the match we tried through the Match Commissioner to get both clubs to agree to either Tuesday or Wednesday.

"AmaZulu refused to play on Wednesday because they said it was too close to their Nedbank match on Sunday, and Sundowns refused to play on Tuesday because they said they had to go back to Johannesburg to prepare for the match. Neither argument carried much weight in our view as the League, but unfortunately we are not able to force clubs to agree.


"We therefore advised the Match Commissioner to announce that the League would fix a date. We would have fixtured the match for either Tuesday or Wednesday if we were not restricted by the notice period clause, where both clubs must agree.

"Late on Monday Sundowns called us and followed up with a letter to say that they would be happy to play on Tuesday. This was after having refused to do so immediately after the match. By this time it was clearly impossible to reinstate the fixture, and in any case AmaZulu indicated they wouldn't accept such extremely late notice.

"In other cases where we have had cancellations through rain and the match has been played the next day for example, this is because both clubs and the League were able to reach agreement. But with neither side able to agree on a date, the PSL stepped in and moved the match to the first week of May.

"May 4 is the first possible date to play this match. If we scheduled it for Tuesday, April 26 it would be 48 hours after the AmaZulu match on Sunday 24 April. If we scheduled it for Wednesday, April 27 it would be within 48 hours of AmaZulu's match on Friday, April 29.

"On Saturday, May 7 we have the first of two sets of fixtures where we play all Premiership matches on the same day and time in order to ensure fairness running in to the close of the season. To schedule the postponed match after that simultaneous fixture block would render the principle of fairness meaningless because two teams would have a game in hand."

Blanckensee also points out that Gorowa's comments are unsubstantiated in view of the above and that there was nothing ‘strange' in the League's decision.

"This is an unfortunate statement and the League reserves its rights to take action in terms of the rules," he adds. 

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 12:40 pm
gorowa should research and consult first b4 shifting the blame to someone else.
posted: 12:43 pm
Gorowa should keep quiet,every time he opens his mouth he shows his stupidity!!!
posted: 12:45 pm
wena jou moer you are doing PieMosono a chance to win the league julle moer.
posted: 12:51 pm
wher is Zola Majavu?
we are used to this kind of talks from the microsoft fc coaches evry year,
stoichkov also boosted Majavu,R21 000 just for attending your case
posted: 12:56 pm
he he he some coaches they are quick to point fingers. get your facts straight before making noise mr coach
posted: 12:57 pm
Why blame Pirates Gorowa ? Lets hope you pay for your stupidity and your ignorant supportes
Hate Cabbages!
posted: 12:58 pm
and Sundowns refused to play on Tuesday because they said they had to go back to Johannesburg to prepare for the match,

who prepares the team at sunflops? is it not Gorowa? if so, is he the one who refused to play today?
this guy needs to be hauled into the drunk judge Majavu to pay R24 000,00 for refreshments before he knows his fate!
di he want the PSL to give him 3points due to the match abondoned because of heavy rains?
was he not prepared when he went down to KZN? moemish!
DTC until Chips win CAF Champions League
posted: 01:00 pm
@MOHAU: The Mighty Bucs have already beaten Sundowns 4 times ds season (Sundowns 1 - 2 Bucs -League 1st Round; Bucs 2 - 1 Sundowns - League 2nd round; Bucs 1 - 0 Sundowns - Nedbank Cup and Bucs 3 - 2 Sundowns - Friendly Game) hence Bucs have nothing to prove against the pathetic over-paid Sundowns. So stop talking garbage about ORLANDO PIRATES FC.

Ian Gorowa is a born failure. he is trying to look for a scape goat coz he is sure that Sundowns will not win the league since they will lose to Chiefs; draw with Usuthu; win against Maritzburg and draw with Celtic. Love them or hate them the league will be won by Orlando pirates FC since Ajax will also lose against the Mighty AmaKhosi. Thanking Chiefs in advance for helping Bucs in their championship heroics.
42 Guns Pumped Up
posted: 01:00 pm
I am a Sundawana but knowing my team is run like a spaza by mickey mouse admin I say let loose Majavu on this idiot of a coach. His job is to prepare the team not mouth off in the media. He is already making excuses for the loses coming his way.

Mshaye Majauvu Mshaye right op die kop. The president's boot is on the way wena mickey mouse coach!!!
posted: 01:00 pm
Derek Blanckensee.......was Gorowa present during the discussions between Amaulu, the match commissioner and flops?? I doubt......
Sunflops people have a tendency of filtering information to the relevant people within their team. After Gorowa is found guilty of bringing the league into disrepute, whoever attended the meeting must be made to pay the fine and pay for the dc.
Back - To - Back Trebble Champ Mopheme
posted: 01:01 pm
There you go, moron Shilowa or Gorowa, whatever. Nx..!
Hate Cabbages!
posted: 01:01 pm
all the amakhosi fans, please read the above statement, OP has nothing to do with the dates!
posted: 01:02 pm
Someone is setting Ian for failure within the Sundown's club! They were suppose to share this info with him but they obviously did not! He must also get his facts right before commenting like this!
posted: 01:03 pm
Mamelodi Zimdoms hav themselves to blame. Stop pointing fingers at Cowza.
posted: 01:05 pm
we are surending the league tittle chase to 2 most powerfool fools
Amakhosi a mabe an their twin brother
lil witchy
posted: 01:07 pm
this guy needs to shut up period....
posted: 01:09 pm
Gorowa or what ever your name is u better start packing your back and leave SA.We don't need people like you @Mzantsi.and you will be lucky end of the season if Sunset or i mean Sundown keeps you as a caretaker coach.
Bin Laden
posted: 01:10 pm
Derek Blanckensee you think you're smart idiot..What Shilowa or gorowa is trying to say is if it was The Rats,Amazulu was going to loose it,and penalty awarded to the Rats.

anyway since well Mr Khoza still head the Psl.we will never taste Fairness in every decisions being taken by His board's
Real Champ
posted: 01:11 pm
BREAKING NEWS: The PSL through the leadership of Dr Khoza has introduced copper medals for position 4. "We have decided to award position 4 with copper medals, we veiw it as an insult not to award position 4 since two of the so-called big teams in RSA are fighting for it. We will issue 50 copper medals for the players and technical team". Dr Khoza said in a press conference ealier today! So, the battle of the 4th spot is on, who is it gonna be Flops or Cabbages?
posted: 01:11 pm
He will claim he was missed quoted. I hope there is a recording for this statement he made.
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