Kaizer Chiefs PSL

Chiefs players in a huddle. Photo: Twitter @KaizerChiefs

LATEST: Date set for controversial Chiefs-PSL high court hearing – report

The ongoing saga involving Kaizer Chiefs and the Premier Soccer League is expected to be set down for a court date on 10 May.

Kaizer Chiefs PSL

Chiefs players in a huddle. Photo: Twitter @KaizerChiefs

Chiefs were unable to honour two league matches against Golden Arrows and Cape Town City towards the end of last year due to a widespread Covid-19 outbreak at their headquarters in Naturena.

Those games were then expected to be replayed after a key arbitration decision, but Amakhosi have since suggested they had been informed of the PSL Executive Committee’s resolution to review the arbitration award of Adv. Nazeer Cassim SC.


Advocate Cassim had been appointed as the arbitrator in the matter, with the DC matter postponed pending the outcome of the arbitration.

The result had initially come down in favour of Chiefs, although the decision was set to be discussed at an emergency meeting of the PSL executive committee.

It’s believed that the league was not satisfied with the arbitration outcome and approached the high court to review and possibly set aside the decision from Cassim.

According to Soccer Laduma, that court battle will begin on 10 May in the Johannesburg High Court, which could come just weeks before the season comes to its conclusion. If the case drags on, it could have a big impact on the final log standings.

There are already fears among Amakhosi fans that Chiefs could be docked points when they appear before the PSL Disciplinary Committee on Thursday for ‘fielding two defaulters’ against Sekhukhune United in 2021.

Regarding the PSL saga around the missed matches, Chiefs released the statement below confirming that they have learned that the decision will be reviewed.

The Chiefs statement indicated the matter was heading for the High Court:

Kaizer Chiefs is shocked and bewildered by the recent news reaching the Club. Despite a lack of formal communication from the League, which one would expect, the Club has been informed of the PSL Executive Committee’s resolution to review the arbitration award of Adv. Nazeer Cassim SC, which was handed down on Friday, 18 March 2022.

The arbitration award correctly decided that the interruption in the Club’s performance for the two missed December fixtures was temporarily halted by vis major (that is an overwhelming, unanticipated, and unpreventable event) created by Omicron.

Notwithstanding the fair outcome and a costs award to those affected by the organising of the two matches, it appears the League is dissatisfied with the outcome and intends to review it, with a view of setting aside the award in the High Court. This unfortunate step has taken the Club by surprise as in doing so the League is in breach of its own Constitution and Rules as well as SAFA Statutes which frown upon the Court systems for resolving football disputes. The Club will have no choice but to defend such a challenge as it is of the view that the arbitrator came to the lawful and reasonable conclusion that, it would have been negligent if not reckless for the Club to field a team for the two games, and that Kaizer Chiefs acted as a responsible employer in the circumstances.

The matter shall soon be sub-judice, and the Club shall not give any further comment in this regard. We trust that the football loving community will provide the Club with the necessary respect and support required in attending to this matter.