SA Football Only Likely Under Level 1

07 May 2020

A return to the playing of football in South Africa only appears likely when the country’s lockdown restrictions eventually move to Level 1.

That’s after SAFA issued an update on its stance relating to the PSL’s potential return to action amid the ongoing suspension due to the coronavirus.

Professional football in the country has been suspended for approximately seven weeks since the COVID-19 outbreak caused substantial health concerns to stakeholders in South Africa.

The worldwide pandemic has since forced countries such as Belgium, France and Netherlands to declare an abrupt end to their domestic seasons, while the likes of the English Premier League and La Liga have yet to reach a definitive resolution.

Locally, SAFA have taken a stance that any proposed return to action will not be considered until such a time that, in conjunction with FIFA and national government, they decide it is safe to proceed.

SAFA invited the opinion of two medical experts to submit reports on when it would be safe to resume playing football in the country, with both of them suggesting that, as things stand, football can only be played at Level 1 of the countrywide restrictions, but without spectators. They added that all clubs would have to have full-time sports doctors to manage the COVID-19 situation.

“SAFA will submit a full report to the world football governing body, FIFA, on the impact of COVID-19 on football in our country and when SAFA believes it will be safe to resume football again,” said a statement. “SAFA will work with the government, led by the Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture, Minister Nathi Mthethwa, on this process.”

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