ABC Motsepe League likely to restart in October

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Action in the ABC Motsepe League is likely to restart sooner than the lockdown Level 1 stage the football mother body had intended, if the recommendations by the Competitions Committee are adopted.

SAFA’s competitions committee held a meeting recently in which a resolution was taken that all second tier clubs across the country should return to training on the first week of September, to prepare for an October 1 restart.

The meeting, held via the Zoom video conferencing system, was chaired by the committee chairperson Gladwyn White.

FARPost has it on good authority that the following resolutions were taken, pending the approval by the NEC:

– ABC Motsepe League teams/clubs should start training on 01 September to prepare for their 01 October 2020 restart.

– Regional and LFA leagues should wait until Lockdown Level 1 as resolved by the NEC. Also wait for any development from the State President and SAFA President.

– All women’s leagues from LFA to National level suspended or cancelled for 2020. All leagues will start afresh in February 2021.

– All development leagues are cancelled in 2020 and will start afresh in February 2021.

– Return to football document from SAFA Compliance Officer was adopted. Each ABC Motsepe team should appoint its Compliance Officer whether with medical background or not in writing.

– ABC Motsepe teams should develop an Operational Plan for the return to play.

– All regions will receive R53 000 prize money for the “SAB league”.

– It was also proposed that provinces should centralize the remaining matches to monitor Covid-19 regulations.

It remains unclear how the issue of promotion to the GladAfrica Championship will be dealt with by the association and the PSL, as the latter intends to start their 2020/21 campaign on October 10.

It is highly impossible that the ABC Motsepe Leagues play-offs would have been completed by that date.

When asked during a media briefing last week Friday on what the League’s stance is, in what could be a dilemma, this is what PSL Chairman Dr, Irvin Khoza had to say:

“As the PSL we have made available the two slots for the teams that are going to be joining us from the ABC Motsepe. It is not for us to make any pronouncement on what will happen because there are constitutional requirements that there are two teams that are going to come up and I know that there is an effort that is being made to make sure that there are two teams that are going to be joining us come the new season,” said Khoza.

The SAFA NEC is set to meet this month to discuss amongst other things, the recommendations by their Competitions Committee and other pressing issues.

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