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SAFA and PSL plot the way forward

The South African Football Association met with the Premier Soccer League in Nasrec on Tuesday to discuss how best to complete the 2019/20 season. 

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South Africa remains under lockdown as a result of the spread of the coronavirus, with the government previously indicating that football would only be able to return when the country enters Level 1 of the stay-at-home order.

An official statement by the two football bodies was released that detailed the risks and measures involved to safely get back to action at all levels.

With no potential date for a return able to be put forward, a task team has instead been created to compile a comprehensive report as to how best to proceed.

Part of the statement read: “The Joint Liaison Committee (JLC), made up of representatives of the South African Football Association (SAFA) and its Special Member, the National Soccer League (NSL) met on Tuesday, 12 May 2020 at SAFA House to look at the possibility of when it is ideal to start the NSL matches.

“The proposals had to deal mostly with health issues and when it is safe to resume the games.

“After the deliberations, the committee resolved to: Form a task team comprising of Advocate Tebogo Motlanthe (SAFA Acting CEO); Mato Madlala (PSL Acting CEO); Dr Thulani Ngwenya (SAFA Chief Medical Officer); Dr Lervasen Pillay (PSL Head of Medical); Poobalan Govindasamy (SAFA NEC) and Jose Ferreira (PSL Executive Committee Member), to look at the concerns which were raised in the meeting and prepare a submission to the committee. The submissions will later be submitted to the Government for consideration.

“The task team has been given a maximum of 14 days to complete the document and report back to the Joint Liaison Committee.”

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