No greenlight yet for PSL clubs to return to training


PSL clubs will have to wait a little longer before players can return to the pitch with a government decision awaited on whether football can resume after Covid-19 shut the door on the game in March.

Sports, Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa recently gave the green light for non-contact sports like cricket, tennis and chess to resume training under Level 3 restrictions. Contact sports like football and rugby are only likely to return at Level 1.

PSL acting chief executive officer Mato Madlala on Tuesday confirmed they were yet to get the necessary go-ahead from government.

“… The approach we have agreed is that no member club will return to training unless and until the League has received a response and as soon as we do the executive committee will meet and provide you with full particulars of the way forward in light of that response – including the relevant protocols that will apply,” Madlala wrote in her correspondence to all clubs.

Local football bosses are hopeful that South Africa can follow the German Bundesliga, which has already returned to the pitch, and Spain’s La Liga which prepares to kick off again on June 8.

Cape Town City’s training complex has undergone full sanitization in preparation for the players’ return to Hartleyvale, but Madlala warned against clubs using their “own interpretation on what is or is not permitted under the new regulations” until there is clarity.

The season has been on hold since mid-March when it was halted as coronavirus infections spread rapidly in the country. The pandemic has killed more than 1,000 people in the country.

Madlala called on clubs to await the guidance of the PSL and ensure no footballer acts in a fashion that could prejudice the game.

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By Mthokozisi Dube 

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