There’s an update in the battle for promotion to the Premier Soccer League’s topflight after a judgement was handed down this morning!
According to the court decision seen by the Siya crew, the ruling by Hilton Epstein to award Sekhukhune United three points and effectively take them to the top of the GladAfrica Championship stands.
This means they must be automatically promoted to the DStv Premiership, with Royal AM, who were clinging onto the hope that they would be crowned winners, now set for the play-offs next week.
SAFA CEO Tebogo Motlanthe also confirmed the verdict.
“We welcome the decision of first confirming the Epstein award and we are looking forward to the league implementing it because now they have no reason not to. They are obliged to in line with this court ruling up until it is set aside by the higher court and they have said they are waiting for clarity from the court," Motlanthe told the Siya crew.
"On the declaratory order, which was granted, the association will look at its position and make a decision on whether to challenge it or not. But as far as this case is concerned we believe that justice has prevailed in line with the Epstein and Cassim award, and we want to thank them for continuously doing a good job on behalf of the association.”
Sekhukhune, through their lawyer Karabo Tshabuse, are now awaiting their trophy and confirmation of their status as a Premiership club.
“Having considered the order, our client is thrilled with the outcome and that justice has prevailed. The order means from May 19, a competent sanction of forfeiture was given, which gave our client three points even before the season ended. The protest was lodged in January 2021 and it is unfortunate that the delay was not in the hands of our client," she explained to the Siya crew.
"The PSL now has no choice, and are obligated, to enforce the award of Epstein. Such implementation of the award would mean our client would automatically be promoted to the DStv Premiership. We expect the NSL, who have also been granted a declaratory order, to then go ahead and implement the award and announce Sekhukhune United as the rightful and true champions of the GladAfrica Championship. They should also make arrangements for a trophy and medal handover, failing which, our client would have no choice but to rush to court again and resuscitate the application again, which in the first instance required the league to implement the award.”
Following the judgement, the league has since issued an updated log table and confirmed Sekhukhune champions, with Chippa United, Royal AM and Richards Bay set for the play-offs.
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