Will 2010 raise interest in the domestic game?

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With the African Cup of Nations behind us and the 2010 World Cup looming, Premier Soccer League (PSL) chief executive, Kjetil Siem, has called on all clubs to up their game.

Siem has acknowledged that the League will come under scrutiny; not only for the quality of the game on the field, but for the way the League handles itself on the administrative front as well. At stake for the clubs could be a role at the World Cup.

“We are putting up incentives for the clubs. We want them to be part of the tournament, but they have to demonstrate to us that they can be professional as well,” is Siem’s message.

PSL administrators have acknowledged that the high number of changes which have been made to the fixtures list have contributed to spectator apathy. And the numerous 2010 stadium construction projects around the country have also affected many teams.

Siem and his colleagues will be hoping that interest in the 2010 World Cup will help to allay these problems and result in higher attendances figures.

Apart from derby giants Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates, South Africa’s top teams are still battling to attract supporters. All too often the finest footballers in the land are strutting their stuff in empty stadiums. The mood does not befit a country which is attempting to get its house in order as the World Cup draws closer.

Let’s hope the administrators and sponsors will work together to improve the overall package in order to lure the fans back.

  • Urquhart, a former Fifa World Cup Media Officer is the editor of www.project2010.co.za