Khoza: Nobody must compromise the BSE


Premier Soccer League Chairman Dr Irvin Khoza has pleaded with all the 32 Absa Premiership and GladAfrica Championship clubs including the staff and match officials to comply with the safety and health protocols ahead of the resumption of football on Saturday.

In a press conference on Friday at the PSL offices, Khoza said the Bio-Safe Environment (BSE) situated in Gauteng must be respected in order for the season to be completed amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“We’ve had the Board of Governors [32 PSL teams] in our meetings six or seven times emphasising one important thing: compliance‚ compliance‚ compliance. Nobody must compromise the BSE because that is our starting point,” said Khoza.

“If you are in the BSE‚ you go to training‚ or to the match situation. Any other diversion‚ you’re compromising the BSE.

“If somebody does that it’s an insult to the whole country,” – Khoza. Picture: PSL. 

“I think the magnitude and the demand for compliance is heavy to most of the teams.

“But what was key in that compliance was to observe the issues of health. Because unfortunately we are dealing with a health situation and nobody can figure out how it affects us in a way‚ or two‚ or three‚ or four‚ that we can plan for – it’s a moving target,” he added.

“So, therefore, we have done everything humanly possible. And that is why we are the only industry in this country that‚ when we go back to work‚ we have gone for all this necessary testing.

Khoza went on to state that the PSL have planned properly for the restart with the help of the government and the South African Football Association (SAFA).

“If anything happens beyond what we have planned for we will have to take the consequences,” he said.

“An achievement of this magnitude is never a sole effort of one man‚ woman or organisation. This was not a one-man show.”

Professional football in the country will restart five months after it was suspended due to Covid-19 in March with the Nedbank Cup semifinal double-header at Orlando Stadium.

The first encounter is between Baroka FC and Bloemfontein at 14:00, followed by Mamelodi Sundowns and Bidvest Wits in the evening at 19:15.

“It is going to be a new normal. It is a first in our country. It is a test case on which we as a nation will be able to develop a practical model that other sports codes and event organisers will learn from,” noted the PSL Chairman.

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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi 

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