Newly appointed PSL general Manager Ace Ncobo has reflected on his first day in office since his return to the league. 

Ncobo was confirmed by the league on Tuesday, 14 years after he had left under a dark cloud. The former SAFA referee has now surprisingly returned to one of the biggest leagues in Africa. 

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He is tasked with the day to day running of the league as well as the role of being the spokesperson. His first day was on Wednesday, 1 March. Ncobo has replaced administrator Thami Khuzwayo who has since joined Mamelodi Sundowns as the assistant team manager.


“The good thing about working with forward thinking leadership is that they don’t dwell in the past,” he told the Metro FM Sports show on Wednesday. 

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“That suits me very well because my persona doesn’t dwell in the past. I have seen newspaper articles, comments on social media and people trying to draw comments from me on what happened back then. I am not going back there, I am focused on the future.” 

Ncobo was referring to the controversial circumstances that he left in 2009. This is after he had failed a lie detector after accusing a former referee of match-fixing. 


“I am back to serve and I am looking at where I can make a contribution to ensure that the PSL sustains the current stand as a brand that has been able to work together and grow from here in whatever contribution I am able to do.”

“This is a very unique organization. Unique in the sense that there is only one professional league in this country. It’s not competing with anyone, it’s competing against itself and its success.” 

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By Khotso Ramalatswa

The PSL on Tuesday announced the appointment of former SAFA referee Andile Ace Ncobo as the new General Manager in the Football Department.

Ncobo rejoins the PSL after initially resigning in 2009. This is after he failed polygraph test conducted.

He wanted to clear his name after allegations of bribery were levelled against him then suspended referee Jonas Nhlapo.

But in a surprise move, the League announced the four time referee of the season on Tuesday. Ncobo is also a referee analyst on pay channel SuperSport TV.

“The Premier Soccer League (PSL) is pleased to announce the appointment of experienced administrator Andile “Ace” Ncobo. He joins the League in the capacity of General Manager in the Football Department,” said the league.

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“The four-time PSL referee of the season winner will continue to contribute to professional football in the country whilst also adding value to improving levels of knowledge regarding the professional game through his involvement with specific SuperSport television.”

He replaces Thami Khuzwayo who has gone to join Mamelodi Sundowns as an assistant team manager.

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