SAFA President Danny Jordaan insists the decision to resume with professional football still solely depends with the government.
This as the Joint Liaison Committee between SAFA and the PSL await for a meeting with Minister of Sport Nathi Mthethwa on how clubs should conduct their training.
The decision to allow contact training during level 3 by the government has brought hope to the South African football fraternity that the return of football is closer.
But during an interview with SA FM on Tuesday night, Dr Jordaan seemed to suggest that we might have to wait at least until level 2 or level 1 for the official return of football.
“I think the minister made it clear that it is not possible to play at level 3, there is still the question of social distancing, that and a lot of medial issues,” Jordaan said on the daily Sport Programme Spot On.
“Basically the same environment will prevail for the matches as well however it is dependent upon the government whenever we move out of level 3 to level 2 or level 1 and we don’t know when that will happen but for that reason the meeting decided that they must engage with the minister to get an understanding of what and how the government is viewing this matter,” he said.
“The final word is not in our hands but in the hands of our government, what we can do is to create a safest environment as possible and I can put that before the ministers of Health, Sports and Transport because also the minister of transport has a key role in all of this, so once we have that sort of engagement we will have a better understanding from a government perspective.”
With regards to amateur football, the SAFA President said the lower Leagues will have to prove beyond reasonable doubt that players and staff will not be affected by the disease if they intend to return to training.
“When you come to amateur football, the ABC Motsepe League for an example has 144 teams and the SASOL League 144 teams. So it is going to be very difficult if not impossible to create a similar biological phase environment for amateur football so we have to wait for level one and see what the position is. So they can only return to training provided there is strict complaint on health and medical protocols,” he said.
The Joint Liaison Committee have already proposed another meeting with the Ministry of Sport and await a response on when the meeting will be before they can give directives to clubs to return.
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By Ofhani Munyai