South Africa's embattled premier soccer league (PSL) has recalled former chief Trevor Phillips, in a move seen as an attempt to boost the country's credibility in its bid for the 2010 World Cup.

Authorities running South Africa's World Cup bid welcomed the appointment. Board members said Thursday that Phillips would be able to rebuild the status the national competition deserved.

Phillips, who was named on Wednesday, ran the PSL for 2.5 years as its first chief executive. He returns after a three-year absence.

His first job will be to sort out a fixture backlog that has prevented one of the country's top clubs, Johannesburg's Orlando Pirates, from playing a match in this year's 10-week old season. National team call-ups and fixture list clashes have made a mess of of the season's opening schedule.