Downs risk finishing season without Pitso

PSL Lockdown News

Mamelodi Sundowns run the risk of finishing the season without a coach if they don't tie Pitso Mosimane to a new deal and the league runs into July.

Sundowns are yet to announce an agreement with Mosimane despite months of negotiations, with his current contract set to expire on June 30.

With all football suspended indefinitely and the country about to go into lockdown for at least 21 days until April 16 due to the coronavirus outbreak, the PSL season is certain to finish in June or even later.

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The league was due to finish on May 9, with the Nedbank Cup final pencilled in as the last fixture of the calendar on May 23.

That will now certainly be pushed into June, and possibly even further depending on the situation in South Africa at the time, with the government likely to extend the national lockdown beyond 21 days if the COVID-19 threat is not contained and controlled effectively.

'Jingles' recently revealed he is only waiting on the club to agree to a few special clauses, believed to be about youth development, and has always insisted the hold-up is not about money.

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"I have complied to what Sundowns wanted. I have complied," he said after after his side's CAF Champions League elimination at the hands of Al Ahly earlier this month.

"I am waiting for Sundowns now. You can ask Sundowns. I have complied. The ball is in Sundowns' court, not in my court. There is no more 'what is left, what is left'. I am here. I want to be here. I hope I am here."

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Sundowns, who are still in contention for both the Absa Premiership title and Nedbank Cup, will likely aim to conclude negotiations with the 2016 CAF Coach of the Year during the next three weeks while the PSL is suspended.

However, world governing body FIFA is also discussing ways to address the issue of contracts elapsing as it affects all the major leagues, and the PSL will be guided by their decision. It could mean clubs will need to continue paying coaches or players even after their deals have expired.

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