As the Premier Soccer League (PSL) Board of Governors (BoG) are set to meet on Friday to pave a way forward for the 2019/20 suspended campaign, the South African Football Association (SAFA) have reiterated their stance that the ABC Motsepe League will only return on level one of the national lockdown.
According to Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of SAFA Tebogo Motlanthe, the resumption of amateur leagues under the association’s jurisdiction is only possible at level one due to safety and financial reasons as lower-division teams in the Motsepe and SAB Leagues will not be able to afford to play in the ‘Bio Bubble’.
The costs of completing the current PSL season in a Biological Safe Environment (BSE) in Gauteng will be around R100-million.
“We have already explained and indicated that to the league in our JLC meeting to say should the league continue, we will want to also promote and how we do that it will be informed by the competitions committee,” said Motlanthe in a Zoom press conference with the South African Journalists’ Association (SAFJA).
“That R100m includes everyone who will be in that bubble. That figure includes all the 32 clubs and the match officials. They [the PSL] have made that calculation based on the requirements and the required people who will be needed in that bubble,” added Motlanthe.
The season has been suspended for over four months now due to the coronavirus pandemic with SAFA only planning to conclude the remainder of the ABC Motsepe provincial leagues on level one.
“The National Executive Committee decision is that the ABC Motsepe League should play at level 1 when it is safe to do so and less expensive to do so.
“And of course we are monitoring the situation and should there be a need to come with an earlier date or anything it be safe for the return of those games, the competitions committee of the association will need to give direction,” concluded Motlanthe.
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