Pirates coach: Okay to scrap season


Orlando Pirates reserve team coach Glen Salmon has given his opinion on the way forward amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and restrictions on football.

Salmon has led his Pirates charges to second spot on the Multichoice Diski Challenge table, trailing leaders Bidvest Wits by four points with two games remaining, while Mamelodi Sundowns were a further two points behind with four games to play.

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Despite the title permutations, the former Bafana Bafana striker believes it's perhaps not as imperative to see out the final two rounds of fixtures in the reserve league as it is within the PSL's two divisions, suggesting the final standings should remain as is at present.

"To be honest, just in my opinion, I don't think a league like the MultiChoice Diski Challenge is essential and will finish, I think it must just end the way it is, unfortunately," Salmon tells KickOff.com.

"Of course, money is spent by MultiChoice on the league but the clubs are not [losing out] you know, the players are under-21 and not on big money and that, so the more important leagues like the PSL and NFD are and they've got to make some plan for those.

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"But, for us, especially in our league where you've got two games left, it would be very hard to come back, get the boys fit and play only two games.

"Of course, it's very frustrating because we had such a good come back, all the way to where we stand a chance of winning it, but again it's not in our hands to win it.

"There were some interesting games going to come with the top two teams anyway – it wasn't a given who was going to win it, and it would have been nice to see how it ended.

"But, in my opinion, they should just scrap the league and just leave it as is. Like I say, it's different where there's more money involved, so those leagues have got to try and make a plan."

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