PSL and Orlando Pirates boss Irvin Khoza explains need for MultiChoice Diski Shield
Posted: 6 March 2018 Time: 08:30
Irvin Khoza feels many young footballers in South Africa don't put in the hours compared to their peers in developed football nations, hence the need for the MultiChoice Diski Shield.
The Premier Soccer League yesterday launched the competition as an expansion of the MultiChoice Diski Challenge (MDC), which serves as the Reserve League to the 16 clubs in the Absa Premiership.
Golden Arrows recently claimed a third MDC title with 35 points from 15 rounds of fixtures.
The Diski Shield will consist of 24 fixtures and run from April 7 to May 5.
PSL chairman Khoza said: “With the inception of the MultiChoice Diski Shield, we have identified how many times our youth spend with the soccer ball between their legs as compared to other developed football nations and we realised that we are not putting enough hours. With the introduction of this competition, it will ensure consistency and help eliminate lapses and assist us in achieving our goals.”
Calvo Mawela, the CEO of MultiChoice SA added: “We value our partnership with the PSL, which has now spanned over a decade. We believe it has made a significant contribution to the development and growth of football in South Africa. The Diski Challenge has grown tremendously over the last four years and is now an intrinsic part of South African football. The Diski Shield will further contribute to the development of young players, to get them ready to take their spot in senior teams.”
The Diski Shield groups the 16 clubs into four regional pools: Central, Coastal West, Coastal East and Northern. Each pool consists of four clubs all vying for regional supremacy in a quest dubbed ‘Ubani Ibhoza Ngakini?’ which means ‘Who’s the boss in your hood?’
Central: Orlando Pirates, Kaizer Chiefs, Platinum Stars and Bidvest Wits.
Coastal East: AmaZulu, Golden Arrows, Maritzburg United and Chippa United.
Coastal West: Cape Town City, Ajax Cape Town, Bloemfontein Celtic and Free State Stars
Northern: Mamelodi Sundowns, SuperSport United, Polokwane City and Baroka FC.
HOW IT WILL WORK:
In the first round of the tournament, clubs will play each other once and the club with the most points at the end of the pool stages will progress to the semi-finals. This stage will be known as a ‘Clash of the Cities’ affair.
The winners of the Diski Shield will receive a trophy and R150 000 towards a football development initiative for a local community of their choice.
Fixtures of the first round are to be released in due course.