SA top-flight urged to expand league

Ajax Cape Town chief executive officer (CEO) Ari Efstathiou says the Premier Soccer League (PSL) should consider having 18 teams in the top flight league.

This comes after several reports that says the season could be cancelled if the league’s executive committee members have their way.

The South African Football Association (SAFA) and PSL are having different ideas about the resumption of football having suspended the current campaign back in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Efstathiou feels the league Board of Governors should explore the possibility of going back to an 18 team league. 

“It’s an option that needs to be considered, there are obvious cost implications to that,” Efstathiou said on The Citizen.

“But I also believe that a country like ours should have always had an 18 team league, not a 16 team league.”

PSL was an 18 team league when it was started, but it was then reduced to 16 teams in 2002 in order to address the issue of fixture congestion before the league, the league then bought out the status of Ria Stars and Free State Stars.

The PSL Board of Governors is set to hold a meeting on Friday to discuss the way regarding the resumption of football.