Premier Soccer League and GladAfrica in Potential R30 Million Fight

Premier Soccer League and GladAfrica in Potential R30 Million Fight

Keba Mothoagae
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:30 PM
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  • A promising marriage between the Premier Soccer League and GladAfrica ended rather unceremoniously
  • The divorce proceedings between the league and the former title sponsor of the first division are getting messier
  • The PSL has taken GladAfrica to court to get the money it claims the latter owes

It is about to go down between the Premier Soccer League and GladAfrica Engineers.

The latter abruptly ended its sponsorship of the National First Division as the start of the 2022/23 season neared.

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Dr Irvin Khoza, chairman of the Premier Soccer League and Noel Mashaba, the founder and executive chairman of GladAfrica. Image source: Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images.
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According to the Sunday World, the PSL has decided to take their former partners to the Johannesburg High Court. The papers filed reportedly want GladAfrica Engineers to be liquidated so that the league can receive a sum of R30 million it alleges was not paid by the former after signing a three-year sponsorship five years ago.

GladAfrica Championship unexpectedly renamed

Back in July 2022, Sports Brief reported that the GladAfrica Championship was renamed the Motsepe Foundation Championship.

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The announcement was made by CAF president Patrice Motsepe, who is the founder of the foundation. As reported by the SABC, the division had been known as the GladAfrica Championship since the 2019/20 season.

As stated on the foundation's website, the division below - the South African Football Association Second Division - is known as the ABC Motsepe League. This is in honour of Motsepe's father Chief Augustine Butana Chaane Motsepe of the Bakgatla-Ba-Mmakau.

According to The Citizen, consultancy firm GladAfrica signed a five-year deal back in 2019 but decided to end the partnership two years earlier than expected.

SAFA targets alleged match-fixing

Around that time, the first and second divisions were embroiled in accusations and counter-accusations of match-fixing between several teams.

As a result, the South African Football Association's president Danny Jordaan explained that the association had intensified its fight against match-fixing by bringing in the Hawks, as per Sports Brief.

SAFA have employed an integrity officer, who works with the South African Police Services’ Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (more commonly known as the Hawks), The Citizen reported. back in July.

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