In his capacity as a ‘football fan’, Gauteng MEC for education Panyaza Lesufi has urged the Premier Soccer League to make a call on the current season and start planning on the 2020/21 season.
It has been 80 days to date since a PSL match took place following the national lockdown due to the unexpected COVID-19 pandemic.
Although there seem to be a willingness from both the South African Football Association, PSL and the Sports Ministry, Lesufi seems to suggest that forcing the conclusion of the current season might prove costly both humanly and financially.
“I learned with keen interest the report of the SAFA/PSL joint committee to persuade the South African Government to allow football to resume if possible without spectators. The report is well written and presents a medically sound proposal. In most instances what is on paper may not be practical in reality” read the letter penned on Wednesday, 3 June.
“The resumption of soccer in Germany has exposed a well know reality, soccer without spectators is not complete.
In our country, health expects concur that we are at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. So our task should be to prepare for the next season and make a call about the current season. To try and force the conclusion of the current season is not only costly (humanly and financially) but it may be impractical taking into consideration of the July 2020 season cut-off date. To squeeze all the remaining games and the Nedbank Cup final within a single month will not be in the best interest of the players and the clubs.
With the next season scheduled to resume in August, the best way out is to prepare for the next season but make a call about the current season. Our PSL Leadership should be brave without favour and make a neutral call about the current season.
The odds are completely staked against concluding the season with every passing day. To delay making a call about the current season will negatively impact the next season. The period clubs are in now, is a period of contract negotiations and team repositioning. So the continued uncertainty is not in the best interest of all parties involved.
So our soccer leadership must make a call about the current season and allow teams to properly prepare for the nest season. That’s my take lets engage.”
Concluded the letter from the staunch Swallows supporter who has been credited with the resurrection of the once fearful Dube Birds.
By Ofhani Munyai