Chiefs striker Bimenyimana declares himself ready for season restart
“If we don’t have financial fair play, no one will win the league [except Sundowns], they can try whatever Sundowns do, the simple things.”
It could be a question of making the right signings, making the best decisions, having sound management, and having the right coaches in place.
Chiefs and Pirates certainly have things a lot better than most of the other PSL clubs, who know what it’s like to battle financially or at least to spend frugally, yet have still managed success.
Simply put, the Fair Play regulations mean that a club cannot spend more than it’s income. Effectively that could prevent rich owners, such as Sundowns’ Dr Patrice Motsepe, from injecting overly large amounts into the club, thereby reducing the funds for expensive signings and lucrative contracts.
But would this really change anything?
Because it’s not as if Chiefs or Pirates are poor and are unable to buy expensive players or offer enticing salaries.
So while Fifa’s Financial Fair Play rule would probably be a good thing, it might not make a huge difference to a Chiefs side without a trophy in seven years and a Bucs team which has gone a decade without winning the league title.
A look at both Amakhosi and Bucs’ dealings in the transfer window over the past couple of seasons reveals a lot of business was done, and Chiefs are expected to make more signings in January.