The Premier Soccer League has rejected a request from Mamelodi Sundowns to allow players and staff more time to grieve the death of Motjeka Madisha.
It was on Sunday morning that the football fraternity woke up to the shock news that the 25-year-old defender was deceased after the vehicle he was travelling in crashed into a steel pole and caught fire near Kempton Park.
Madisha, and another person travelling with him, were declared dead on the scene by paramedics.
Sundowns are scheduled to host TS Galaxy in a DStv Premiership clash at Loftus Stadium tomorrow night, a fixture the club had requested be postponed.
The Siya crew has seen a letter from the PSL to Downs declining the request to move the game to a later date due to the current circumstances.
Reasons given for the refusal are as follows:
- Adequate notice period (Rule 9.7 says member clubs need to submit a written request for the fixture change at least 10 days prior to the game). The league has the discretion to refuse or grant permission.
- Fixture changes to be granted under “exceptional circumstances”.
In the same letter, the league said it had obligations to its commercial partners and hence needed a “stable fixture”.
“This season the fact of an incredibly congested fixture due to the impact of COVID-19, means there are even greater pressures on maintaining the fixture. Fixture changes that are not essential will place the completion of the season at risk,” read the letter further.
“Even where there are exceptional reasons the notice period is there to ensure the League is able to engage all other affected parties, hear their views, and ensure that arrangements that hey have already made are impacted as little as possible. It is simply not possible, on such short notice, to properly consider the application let alone process it. Again, please accept my condolences, but unfortunately the League is not able to postpone the fixture.”
That, effectively, means the request for a mourning period for Sundowns, has been declined and they will face TS Galaxy tomorrow night!
It is understood that the club will not issue a statement at this stage, at the request of the family.
Last year, the PSL granted a request by Free State Stars to have their fixtures postponed after the death of winger, Sinethemba Jantjie who passed away in a car crash in April 2019.
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