Matthews sent his congratulations to Tuks, as the University of Pretoria are affectionately known, following their 3-2 loss against Mpumalanga Black Aces at Rand Stadium.
The results confirmed their ascendency from the National First Division through automatic promotion as the side that finished first, after Blackburn Rovers fell out of contention following their loss to Chippa United. Rovers could still qualify via the Play-offs.
"This is a great feat by University of Pretoria after what has been an exciting National First Division season. I would like to take this opportunity to welcome them to the Premier Division. There is no doubt in my mind that they have earned this achievement following many years of trying to win promotion," Matthew says.
Are you pleased to see Tuks go up? Have your say on our Facebook page HERE. "Their spirit of perseverance has been rewarded. A lot is expected from them by the football fraternity. Credit should go Tuks management for ensuring continuity and of course their coach, Steve Barker who has been with this side for a while now. I would also like to welcome Tuks supporters."
Matthews added: "A lot of work lies ahead for them as they prepare for life in the Premier Division. As the League, we will offer them the best possible support to help them acquaint and adapt better to life in the elite ranks."
The PSL CEO confirmed that Tuks will be awarded the winner's trophy on Sunday, May 20.