Jomo Sono: PSL/NFD Playoffs are a waste of time

Jomo Sono: PSL/NFD Playoffs are a waste of time
Jomo Sono

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday May 22, 2018. 11:24

Ahead of their second Premier Soccer League/National First Division Playoffs clash against Platinum Stars, Jomo Cosmos coach Ephraim Sono says the games are a waste of time.

The outspoken Ezenkosi boss believes the playoffs are always marred with off-the-field issues such as the one regarding the PSL and Ajax Cape Town.

Jomo reckons that a team finishing 14th in the top tier must play the one at number three in the NFD, saying the top two in the NFD must be promoted to PSL.

The Black Prince was speaking after their 2-2 draw against Black Leopards on Sunday and will want to bag a win over Dikwena on Wednesday.

“I won’t change my stance. The playoffs are a waste of time. They are too strenuous for teams. Every year in the NFD there are court cases,” said the Ezenkosi boss.

"If you remember when Polokwane were promoted, nobody knew what was going to happen (due to the court case that marred the playoffs).

“This time we also don’t know what’s going to happen (due to the ongoing court case by Ajax Cape Town).

“If there are teams that maybe aren’t supposed to go out of the league, and they end up in 14th position, let them play in the playoffs then with No.3 from the NFD.

“Let the playoffs be between the two (while No.1 and No.2 are automatically promoted).

“Leopards finished second, they should have just gone up. There was no need for playoffs.

“But it all depends on the votes (from the board of governors). What can you do? But they aren’t right. I am not having a go at anybody. This is my opinion.”

Although they sit second on the mini-league log table with a point, Sono said they will fight harder to bounce back to the elite division.

“We will fight until the end because this team deserves to be in the Premier League.

"If we hadn’t lost the three players (Mxolisi Macuphu, Frederic Nsabiyumva and Linda Mntambo), we would definitely be up there.”

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