Telekom S-League to kick off new season next weekend
BY ROMULUS HUTA
THE new season of the Telekom S-League is less than two weeks away from kick off.
The 2018/19 season will take off July 21 which is next Saturday.
Already the participating teams in the TSL are now hard at preparation.
The eight participating teams are Solomon Warriors, Marist, KOSSA, Henderson Eels, Malaita Kingz, Western United, FC Guadalcanal and Real Kakamora.
Some teams have also taken in new players from other clubs.
Defending champions Warriors have secured the services of national number goalkeeper Philip Mango from Real Kakamora and so as Robert Laua and John Aeta from Marist.
Dennis Ifunaoa and Timothy Maearasia also joined in from Henderson Eels.
Henderson Eels have retained most of their key players from last season and are also eyeing some overseas imports to bolster their squad.
Meanwhile, the TSL participating clubs have been given a July 15 deadline to get registered.
During a press conference held last month, a member of the TSL Board Treasurer Henry Kapu said their board have been discussing ways on how to improve and grow the competition more, saying they are thinking of increasing the prize money for the TSL competition.
“During our recent board meeting we came up with some new thinking. First one is on the gate revenue sharing for each team.
“The custom way regarding this matter is that at the end of the season we sit down with clubs and give their shares from the gate revenues collected that season.
“How we do it is, forty percent goes to the franchise clubs, thirty percent goes to SIFF and then another thirty percent goes to TSL.
“However, the plan we discussed was to share the gate revenues collected amongst the eight clubs on a monthly basis.
“I know some clubs have issues with money so the revenue sharing instead of us giving it to the clubs at the end of the season we’ll give it to them on a monthly basis so it can help clubs manage themselves.
“The other thing we discussed but is waiting to be approved in our next board meeting is to increase the prize money for the competition.
“Now that SIFF has given us financial support plus what we have in our reserve we can probably see this happening for the next TSL season and championship.
“However these will be confirmed later with more details on these matters to be known after our next executive board meeting,” the Treasurer said.