SAFA to meet government on amateur football resumption

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The South African Football Association (SAFA) will this week meet with the Department of Sport, regarding the way forward for the resumption of amateur football.

The football mother body NEC met at SAFA House this past weekend to discuss amongst other issues, the imminent resumption of lower level football.

With the ABC Motsepe League being the main focus, as they are required to promote two teams to the first division, the clubs have raised the issue of lack of funds for testing of players before they can resume with football.

“The only issue which has been of obstacle is the requirement of testing,” SAFA CEO Advocate Tebogo Motlanthe told the media following the NEC meeting.

“We continue to have meetings with government because games are not going to be played under a bubble so you are going to have players anyway going to school and at school you are not testing them, you are just screening them.

“So those are part of the issues which we are having continuous engagements with the director and the resolution of the (NEC) meeting was to escalate it to the Minister before they publish the new regulations,” said Motlanthe.

Regarding the promotion of the two SAFA clubs to the GladAfrica Championship, Motlanthe says they are targeting the second week of December to get the teams ready.

“The expectation to get our two teams joining the League (GladAfrica), we have spoken and discussed that the latest can be the second week of December. We all know that even when this previous season started not all the teams started at the same time, there are those who played catch up,” he added.

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By Ofhani Munyai

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