Former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Premier Soccer League (PSL), Trevor Phillips, has died aged 79. The PSL announced the news in a statement on Monday.
Affectionately known as the “British Bulldog,” Philips was the first CEO to head the PSL where he served for two years from 1996 with the PSL's inception. He made a return for a second time in 2002 and served until 2007.
"It’s is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Mr. Trevor “British Bulldog” Phillips, the first Chief Executive Officer of the Premier Soccer League," read a statement from the PSL.
“The NSL Executive Committee conveys its heartfelt condolences to Mr. Phillips’ family, more particularly, his wife Stella and his children Mark and Sharon. We supplicate that GOD gives them fortitude at this moment of their extreme grief and pain".
Phillips was replaced as CEO by Norwegian, Kjetil Siem, who was in charge until 2011.
Between 2011 and 2016, Zola Majavu‚ Stanley Matthews‚ Cambridge Mokanyane and Brand de Villers all had relatively short stints leading the PSL.
Since 2016, Golden Arrows chairperson Mato Madlala has been the acting PSL CEO.
The PSL will observe a moment of silence ahead of this week’s DStv Premiership and GladAfrica Championship fixtures.