Panafrican News Agency

South African Football organisations clash over sponsorship deal

Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African Premier Soccer League (PSL) chairman, Irvin Khoza, on Thursday confirmed that the organisation plans to take legal action against the recently-announced partnership between the South African Football Association (SAFA) and its chief sponsor.

Khoza said the US$4 million OUTsurance sponsorship is in conflict with the rights of Nedbank and Absa, who sponsor the league. However, SAFA has labeled the allegations as "absurd and nonsensical".

SAFA last week announced a five-year sponsorship deal with OUTsurance which aims to facilitate the skills training development of referees.

"We are going to seek advice from our legal team and sponsors for a way forward,” Khoza said.

Khoza and SAFA President, Danny Jordaan, have had a high-profile spat after Jordaan earlier this year claimed that Khoza was the catalyst in the rape case opened against him by singer Jennifer Ferguson, who alleges he attacked her in a Port Elizabeth hotel 25 years ago.

Ferguson, who lives in Sweden, returned to South Africa in March to open the case and Jordaan claims Khoza paid for her flights through a third party.

Jordaan is widely credited for securing the rights to host the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Ironically Khoza was also instrumental in securing the tournament rights.
-0- PANA CU/VAO 20Sept2018