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PSL respond to TKO replacement

The Premier Soccer League has confirmed that the Telkom Knockout competition would not be replaced in the 2021/22 season.

The chairman of the PSL, Dr. Irvin Khoza, made the announcement at a press conference in Johannesburg yesterday.

After the elimination of the Telkom Cup tournament from the PSL, the top-flight clubs were limited to MTN8, Nedbank Cup, and the DStv Premiership.

Mamelodi Sundowns beat Bloemfontein Celtic in the final of the TKO tournament in the 2019/20 season.

Manto Madlala, Khoza's acting chief executive, and Madlala both cited packed schedules and travel difficulties as major reasons for not introducing a fourth tournament this season.

There is "something we are dealing with" in terms of "knowing the complete panorama of CAF [competitions]," says Khoza during the PSL press briefing in Johannesburg.

You saw last season how tough it was for the teams that qualified for the playoffs to return to their original lineups and change and cut their rosters, so it's been a problem that's cost us a little money in terms of the budget, but it's a reality we have to confront."

The gallery below shows the last five winners of the Telkom Knockout.

A statement from PSL acting CEO Mato Madlala confirmed that the Covid-19 travel limitations had also contributed to PSL's decision not to seek a new sponsor.

Furthermore, due to the lack of gaps and accessible dates for CAF teams and the issues they are currently facing with Covid, last season's games had to be played on the first weekend of June, which Madlala explained as further complicating matters.

"It takes them an extra four or five days to travel because they must take a test in every country they visit. Tests are required upon their return and flights are limited. Even in our own country, South Africa, there are only a restricted number of flights.

"The upcoming season will see teams forced to stay an extra day or two in their destination cities since no flights are available after six o'clock in the evening.

"As a result, if you play until three or five in the morning, you will be unable to leave. We're dealing with those issues, and we're retaining the few holes we have because we don't have any more gaps. As a result, an additional competition at this point in the season is out of the question "Finally, she came to a decision.

Mamelodi Sundowns and Amazulu will meet in the DStv Premiership opener on Friday in Tshwane.

Golden Arrows, Cape Town City, Swallows FC, and Mamelodi Sundowns have advanced to the MTN8 semifinals after Sunday's quarterfinal action.

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