By NAKAMPE LEKWADU
THE reason why clubs did not honour their 2012/13 league’s opening matches is because the Premier Soccer League has doctored the resolution of the Special General Meeting which was held on August 30.
One club representative who spoke on anonymity told Sports Focus early this week that they were shocked to find out that there was new added information on the resolution which they did not even talk about it during the Special General Meeting.
“During the SGM we agreed on three things which is one, that the NFD receive R115 million per season, and two that an ADHOC committee be elected to forsee the smooth transition of the NFD as a Stand- alone with Kaizer Motaung as the chairman of the Finance Committee will be the convenor and thirdly, that the NFD shall kick-off their 2012/13 season on September 15.
To our amazement just shortly before the NFD could kick-off their new season, we realized that the PSL has added more information which we did not agree on such as one, that the NFD winner will pocket R1 million which is deducted from the R115 million, and two that the Que Innovation of R800 000 per season deducted from the R115 million and lastly that the teams have agreed to a grant increase of R230 00 per month,” said the source.
WHILE clubs in the country’s premiership division are enjoying swimming in the floods of money coming from lucrative tournaments on their disposal, the NFD clubs have over the years being fed on left-overs.
Amazingly, money have been flowing like floods into the PSL over the past years, but the NFD clubs had benefited far less as opposed to those in the elite league. For an example one club in the bigger league can bank more than R28 million this season for winning just three competition-the MTN 8 (R8 million), Telkom Knockout (R4.2 million), Nedbank Cup (R6 million) and the Absa Premiership (R10 million)
While clubs in the elite league are enjoying financial widfall from these tournaments, the NFD which is run by the PSL does not even have a single competition of their own apart from the Nedbank Cup which is being played by all the country’s divisions in a form of FA version. The only time they had their own competition was back in 2004 in the form of the controversial Baymed Cup.
The competition was first launched as the Balco Cup, but suddenly one Baahlodi Holdings which is associated to the banned from football owner of FC AK, Aziz Kara and two well know football heavyweights unceremoniuosly jumped in and brought one of their entity, Baymed to act as the main sponsor which replaced Balco in the competition which was renamed Baymed Cup few weeks before its kick-off.
Free State Stars, then campaigning in the NFD went on to win the inaugural competition at the expense of FC AK, but had to struggle to get their prize-money until the league could bail out the sponsors when they pay the prize money of R1 million to Ea Lla Koto and that was the last time this league had its own competition.
Does the NFD play second fiddle to PSL? You be the judge.