Mthethwa urges SAFA and PSL to work together for the sake of football

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SA Minister of Sport Nathi Mthethwa has urged the SA Football Association (SAFA) as well as the Premier Soccer League (PSL) to work together as they try and find solutions that can see the resumption of football in the country.

SAFA have sourced an opinion from two medical experts who have recommended that as things stand that football can only be played on National lockdown Level 1 but still without spectators.

It is not yet known when the country will move to Level 1 as level 4 only commenced on May 1.

The PSL are set to hold meeting for the Executive Committee on Thursday to get an update on the Task Team mandated with finding a solution on how the League can resume without risking people’s lives.

“My final message to both of them (Dr Danny Jordan and Dr Irvin Khoza) is that they are occupying a very important space in our society as regard to football so as the minister of Sports, Arts and Culture I would nudge them to work together at all material times for the sake of football,” said Mthethwa during a media briefing on Monday.

“I have been in contact with both of them and said to them, our country has moved to Level 4 so I need their wise counsel as leaders in football. Their wise counsel on their thoughts regarding the re-opening or softening of the lockdown regulations.

“So they must counsel me, both of them and I emphasised that it would be advisable that as government we get one voice from them so that’s where we are. We have convened meetings with both of them, we are still going to meet with the President of SAFA.

“But we did meet with the Chairman of the PSL (Dr Irvin Khoza) together with the Chair of Kaizer Chiefs Ntate (Kaizer) Motaung to talk about this thing. They informed me that they are having a Board of Governors meeting on Thursday (May 7) then from there they will come up with these suggestions.

“But as I say I emphasized that when I have to elevate whatever proposals that they have to my colleagues in Cabinet I should be coming there with one voice,” he concluded.

After the meeting on Thursday, the PSL is expected to make another presentation to the government who will in turn give the green light or advice on whether football can resume or not.

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By Ofhani Munyai

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