The SA Football Association (SAFA) National Executive Committee (NEC) held an Extraordinary Meeting at SAFA House on Saturday, 20 June 2020 where it made a number of key resolutions.
Among the key decisions were pronouncements on the SAFA National Women’s League, protocols on resumption of football as prescribed by the Minister of Sports, appointment of SAFA CEO and exploiting areas of cooperation agreements with various Member Associations.
The NEC also interrogated the Mokoena Report and unanimously rejected it on the basis that it contained many claims that could not be substantiated.
SAFA Medical Officer, Dr Thulani Ngwenya gave a full briefing on the impact of Covid-19 on the restart of play, both for professional and amateur football. It is in this context that the NEC decided that the SNWL be declared concluded and that the current league log standing, with a handful of matches to be played, be declared final.
It is on this basis that Mamelodi Sundowns Women’s team is declared the League Champions for the inaugural 2019/20 Season. The SAFA NEC further confirmed that JVW and MaIndies are both promoted to the SNWL for next season.
Dr Ngwenya recommended that all other amateur leagues must remain suspended until the end of the lockdown or when the general environment is conducive to do so.
SAFA suspended all football activities including the SNWL until further notice due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Meanwhile, Dr Ngwenya recommended that all other amateur leagues must remain suspended until the end of the lockdown or when the general environment is conducive to do so. This matter will be further revisited and discussed at a later stage.
It was also reported that in the absence of official competitions in the Regions and LFAs which are similarly suspended, the phenomenon of social games has emerged in some parts of the country and it was emphasised that this is in violation of lockdown regulations and the authorities must act to avoid a spike in Covid-19 infections.
On the National Soccer League (NSL), SAFA will continue to work with the NSL to develop further proposals for submission to the government on the way forward.
The NEC also confirmed the appointment of Advocate Tebogo Motlanthe as SAFA CEO until December.