The South African Football Association (Safa) have made the change from the August kick-off to April finish, in order to accommodate the needs of the schools and tertiary institutions, who contribute many players to the Sasol League clubs.
“The schools and tertiary institutions run their leagues and competitions according to a normal calendar year,” said Safa CEO Dr Robin Petersen.
“The shift will benefit the students, rather than the old system which saw scholars and tertiary institution members moving to other areas of the country for career or other opportunities at the end of December. This weakened several clubs playing in the Sasol League and after pondering all the angles, it has been decided to move back to the more conventional calendar approach.”
“The Sasol League is the main source of talent supply to the Sasol-sponsored Banyana Banyana and other national age group women’s football teams, and we look forward to working in conjunction with SAFA for the betterment of women’s football, as we have been doing since the sponsorship started four years ago,” said Sasol Sponsorship Specialist, Football, Dumisani Mbokane.
Shortly, the SAFA Competitions Department, headed by the national football body’s Director: Competitions, Balebetse Monnakgotla, will meet with the Sasol League clubs in the provinces in order to discuss ways and means to make the 2013 football season into an even smoother-run affair for all involved.
Sasol League Provincial Planning Meetings:
Limpopo and Mpumalanga: Sat 15 Sep 15h00, Southern Sun Steve Biko Street (Ex-Beatrix), Tshwane
Free State and Northern Cape: Sun 16 Sep 15h00, Garden Court Hotel, Kimberley
Gauteng and North West: Tue 18 Sep 11h00, North West University Sports Village, Potchefstroom
KwaZulu Natal: Sat 22 Sep, 11h00, Southern Sun Hotel, North Beach, Durban
Eastern Cape: Sun 23 Sep 11h00, Garden Court Hotel, East London
Western Cape: Mon 24 Sept 11h00, Southern Sun Hotel, Cullinan