Maritzburg United midfielder Keagan Buchanan believes that the Premier Soccer League (PSL) will implement ‘the right structures’ to ensure that the players are safe if or when given the green light by the government to re-start the season.
The league has been suspended indefinitely since March due to the coronavirus pandemic and Buchanan is confident that the chairman of the league, Irvin Khoza, has the players’ interests at heart.
The South African Football Association (Safa) and the PSL met on Tuesday at SAFA House to look at the possibility of when it is ideal or safe to resume Absa Premiership and GladAfrica Championship games. The main concern is ensuring the safely the players and technical staff.
“I mean, we have a very intelligent chairman of the league (Irvin Khoza) and he will implement the right structures in a way of going forward when they call us back,” he added.
After the meeting, the Joint Liaison Committee (JLC) of SAFA and the PSL representatives resolved to form a task team to look at the concern raised by both parties and prepare submission to the committee. The submissions will later be sent to the government for consideration.
The formed Task Team has a maximum of 14 days to report back to the Joint Liaison Committee.
SAFA made it clear that football should only resume at level one of the lockdown as stated by the government regulations while the PSL is looking at the possibility of football resuming under Level three.
Meanwhile, Buchanan went on to say that his former team Chiefs deserve to win the league title.
“If you’re looking at form and what they have done this season, I would say that Chiefs should win the league [if the season resumes]. If you ask me where we should finish, and we are sitting fifth now, I would say we deserve to finish there if they cancel the league,” said ‘The Fixer’.
“We have to give them [Chiefs] credit that they are on top of the league and they have managed to stay there for long. If you look at France and Belgium, they have given the league to teams on top of the table,” concluded Buchanan.
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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi