18-team Absa Premiership proposed

PSL Lockdown News

Once domestic football is safe to return, a PSL stalwart has proposed that the top-flight returns to an 18-team league.

The Absa Premiership and GladAfrica Championship are both currently suspended by the PSL, pending further pronouncements from government on the current coronavirus pandemic.

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Leagues and federations around the world are seeking resolution to the challenges faced on a global scale, and talk has been centred around various options and outcomes.

In South Africa, no course of action has been tabled by the PSL, its executive committee or board of governors, leaving plenty of speculation around what could happen in the coming weeks.

Former Ajax Cape Town, Bloemfontein Celtic, Platinum Stars and SuperSport United striker Nathan Paulse, who now works as a youth coach at his boyhood club, has proposed that the current season end as is and two teams be promoted from the Championship to the top-flight next season.

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"This is the burning question and obviously I want us to continue from where we left off, but the reality of this is not going to suit what we want," Paulse said on Ajax's official website.

"There are far too many complications with a prolonged season which boils down to contracts of players and clubs, because contracts don’t cater for these issues.

"What do you do if a player must leave by June but you need him for promotion or relegation? If you look at the other solution of just promoting and relegating those teams as they stand, then you face angry team owners.

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"In my humble opinion, ask yourself what’s the argument here? So, I would push the teams to 18 in the [Absa Premiership] league with no relegation.

"By doing so, you allow Ajax Cape Town up to the top stream and you let three teams from second to fourth in the GladAfrica Championship fight out promotion for the other spot in the Absa Premiership for next season.

"That will free up two spots at the bottom [in the Championship], then you take all the first-placed teams in the ABC [Motsepe League streams] into the normal promotion playoffs [for those two available spots].

"Is it a perfect solution? Maybe not, but none of them are, this just solves a small area of argument which is who gets relegated and who gets promoted."

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