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PSL elections loom but now Iron Duke wants to head Olympic committee

Mining chief executive Dan Simelane was voted onto the Premier Soccer League’s executive committee on Thursday in one of three changes to the eight-team line-up for the next four years.

Simelane is a board member at Mamelodi Sundowns and close ally of the club’s owner Patrice Motsepe. His election is a rare success for the club whose on field form sees them at the bottom of the league standings.

Black Leopards chairman David Thidiela and Stan Matthews of SuperSport United won back places they previously had on the committee while four other long standing members John Comitis (Ajax Cape Town), Kaizer Motaung (Kaizer Chiefs), Mato Madlala (Lamontville Golden Arrows) and Mike Mokoena (Free State Stars) retained their places.

In a vote by 31 of the 32 PSL and National First Division clubs – only Vasco da Gama failed to participate Maritzburg United chairman Farook Kadodia and AmaZulu representative Lunga Sokhela lost out.

Sokhela had done much furious canvasing in the lead up to the election but was not able to replace his father Patrick, who stepped down because of illness.

Goolam Allie of relegated Santos pulled out of the contest at the last moment while Jomo Sono, who was one the previous committee embers but did not seek to stand again.

Soccer strongman Irvin Khoza got another four years in charge of the league as he was elected unopposed for the chairmanship of the PSL.