at the Union Buildings in Pretoria
By Patrick Baloyi
Premier Soccer League CEO Trevor Phillips is hopping mad about the continuous selling of clubs status in the league.
The straight-talking British bulldog's irritation was fuelled by PSL side Dynamos, who sold their status to Zulu Royals in a staggering R28-million deal.
The fuming Phillips made it clear that he wishes to put a stop to this practice which keeps rearing its ugly head each time teams are in financial difficulties.
And he has vowed to use the next AGM meeting to strongly target this problem.
"The rules must be tightened up to make it difficult for club owners who resort to such decisions," said Phillips.
"I am devastated by this and I will vigorously suggest in the next AGM meeting to put a stop to this."
The sale excludes the Dynamos players and Phillips said he will ensure that they are paid out. A R3-million payment will be put in a PSL trust account by Zulu Royals to secure their future.
"The rights of the players must be protected and I believe the R3-million will be enough to see them through. They are an indispensable part of this game and cannot be left in the lurch."
According to an agreement between the teams, Dynamos will use Royals' status in the Mvela Golden League, but Phillips said that will never happen.
This will not be the first time that Phillips refused to budge. He had refused former Tembisa Classic boss Thabo Masilela, who sold his team to Maritzburg United last season, permission to own a team in the First Division.
"We are running a professional league not a mumbo- jumbo staff."
Despite all this confusion hovering over Dynamos, the Giyani-based team have promised to honour the Limpopo Soccer Challenge on Saturday.