By PRECIOUS RAJANE
AFTER only five months in office, Stanley Matthews has parted ways with the Premier Soccer League (PSL) as their Chief Executive Officer (CEO), in a role he assumed in December 2011, following the departure of Zola Majavu, who also resigned after being with PSL for only three months.
Dr Irvin `Iron Duke’ Khoza, Chairman of the Premier Soccer League, said the departure of Matthews was something personal and had nothing to do with internal issues in the PSL Executive Committee. “This is something in his personal interest, and he has been given a good offer and an opportunity he could not resist. We are transparent and have nothing to hide.
“We knew about his interests from April, and have tried our best to convince him to change his mind, but as a man who knows what he wants in life, he could not be persuaded. We finally decided to let him go at the end of the season. Meanwhile, the PSL Executive Committee wishes him all the best.”
Matthews, who was director of football at SuperSport United when they won the ABSA Premiership for three consecutive times, will join Multichoice as their Head in Africa division.
“I love development and education, and am always prepared to serve football in any way. There is no politics involved. This is something in my best and personal interest and I am looking forward to a new challenge.”
In the meantime, Cambridge Mokanyane, Chief Operation Officer, will serve as acting-CEO to temporarily fill the space left by the departure of Stanley Matthews.