MTN8 and DSTV Premiership start dates confirmed

MTN8 and DSTV Premiership start dates confirmed

Category : Football | Posted on 2020-09-30 By : Frunsports Image : Google

PSL Chairman Dr Irvin Khoza has confirmed that the 2020/2021 DSTV Premiership is just four weeks away from kicking off. 


And South African football fans are just three weeks away from watching local action, because Dr Khoza also confirmed that the MTN8 competition will start a week earlier, starting from Saturday the 17th of October.


Speaking in a press conference on Wednesday, Dr Khoza confirmed that the Premiership, now sponsored by DSTV, will begin on October 24.


Dr Khoza says they are now just waiting on new government regulations because they will not be playing in a bio-bubble this time.


"All this was done in making sure that we balance things, as we speak now, we're still waiting for the directives from government,” Dr Khosa said in Wednesday’s press conference.


While they finished the leagues in a bio-bubble this past season, Khoza says that wil not be the case this time, so they need to get all the new lockdown regulations for live sport.


"So, before we do the final planning, we're hoping that we get the new directives going forward, because we cannot be in the bubble again. It cost us almost R80-90-million rands to be in the bubble, so we're waiting for those directives."


While the dates have been released, Khoza says the actual fixtures are still being finalised, and will be released shortly


Dr Khoza also confirmed that there will be no Telkom Knockout competition this year. The PSL’s sponsorship deal with Telkom ended last season, and while the competition will return next season with a new sponsor, Khoza says not having the competition will free up time in an already congested season.


“As I did indicate in one of my press releases‚ we don't have Telkom any more as a sponsor. Absa has just left us, and been replaced by the DSTV Premiership‚ but it was blessing in disguise with Telkom because it gives us the dates‚ because we have congested the fixtures as best we can to finish the season at the latest by early June.”


Dr Khoza also said the PSL Awards would be held within coming weeks, while they are also still working on just when the Glad Africa Championship will kick off.