We all want fans back at stadiums – Mokwena

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Mamelodi Sundowns coach Rhulani Mokwena is hoping that safer solutions will be found sooner so as to allow football fans back at the stadiums.

While most African countries have gradually allowed fans back at stadiums, supporters in South Africa are still not permitted to gather at football games.

But there is finally hope following an official announcement by the South African Football Association (SAFA) that fans that are vaccinated will be allowed free entry when South Africa take on Ethiopia in the 2022 FIFA World Cup at FNB Stadium on 12 October.

SAFA also announced that the NSL has resolved to use the Soweto Derby between Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs to also encourage mass vaccination drive.

“Of course, I think all of us want to get our fans back within the stadiums and supporting the teams,” said Mokwena after the 3-0 win against Swallows on Sunday.

“But the most important thing is to find the safest situations for everybody. We are still in the middle of a pandemic, we haven’t ridden that wave out and like every other country that enjoys the game, I am sure even when you watch Champions League football now and you watch football at the highest level in the different leagues you get the sense that the supporters have missed the game.

“Because they have missed the game, the attendance has increased drastically and the energy that they provide for their teams in supporting and creating an ambience in every single match is something that we marvel at. We sabawell, they say sabawell because it is something that you really, really hoping that as soon as its safe for everybody to come to the stadium,”

As long as it’s safe and find sort of the right protocols and everybody is allowed to come in and the conditions allow for a safe environment, I think the people that are in charge of that will make the right decisions. We are just patiently waiting for them to guide us,” he said.

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By Ofhani Munyai