South Africa football returns after 4 months

BOITUMELO RANTAO

FOOTBALL in South Africa makes an anticipated return on August 8, under strict COVID-19 regulations and to empty stadiums.

After negotiations and preparation, the Premier Soccer League (PSL) has announced the strict conditions under which the last few games will be played. These conditions include:

  • That all the players will be admitted to a bio-bubble to eliminate possible infections. 
  • No player who tests positive for COVID-19 will be admitted to the bio-bubble.

The bubble, located the Gauteng, will house all PSL teams with all teams needing around six games to conclude their season. Subject to a negative COVID-19 test players and members of staff will be permitted inside the bubble to complete what remains of their season. 

PSL Chairman Dr. Irvin Khoza said: “This announcement will assist in lifting the mood of the country and also in mitigating some of the challenges faced by our country and the global community. We have informed our stakeholders including the Minister of Sport, the MEC of Sport in Gauteng, SAFA, the broadcasters SuperSport, Absa, Nedbank, GladAfrica and SAFPU about the plans. All the clubs in the PSL have made it possible in making sure they comply with the protocols.”

Dr. Khoza confirmed that the remainder of the season will be played in a biological safe environment (BSE). “This is a historic moment. At this point in time I can gladly announce that 8th of August is a definite goal for the Absa Premiership and GladAfrica Championship.

“We are resuming on the 8th of August. The first games will be the Nedbank Cup semi-finals, and the last game will be the Nedbank Cup final.

“It’s all systems go.”

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