With the Absa Premiership campaign halted by the coronavirus pandemic, AmaZulu general manager Lunga Sokhela says Premier Soccer League (PSL) clubs remain committed to completing the season even if it means going beyond the June 30 deadline.
South Africa’s top-flight has been suspended indefinitely since mid-March due the deadly virus and the PSL Board of Governors set a deadline of June 30 to finish the season but said they shall remain flexible.
“Clubs are taking the stand that even if we finish in September or October then that must be the case. We have to finish the season, I think that is almost inevitable that if we are going to have a season it’s going to be behind closed,” said Sokhela.
Recently, President Cyril Ramaphosa eased the national lockdown regulations from level 5 to 4 as from May 1 and made it clear that sport and public gatherings are still prohibited under level 4.
“Concerts and sporting events will not be allowed until it is deemed safe for them to continue‚” Ramaphosa said.
Under the lockdown levels regulations, professional sport can only possibly be allowed to resume from level 2 or 1 but Sokhela said that the PSL Task Team is in communication with the government to see if perhaps they can change that.
“We should be really coming back when we are at level 1, now we don’t know when that is going to be but my understanding is that the task team is going to engage with government to put proposals to see if we can go back at a sooner time.
“As far as I understand they are looking at a proposal that we come back at Level 3, so we await that,” he said.
But on Thursday, there is an executive committee meeting and I’m sure there will be communication after that,” concluded the ‘Usuthu’ general manager.
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