Why the ‘bio bubble’ could bankrupt PSL clubs

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The Premier Soccer League Board of Governors is set to have a meeting within the next few days, for a feedback on the executive committee re-engagements with stakeholders and the way forward.

Following their meeting on Tuesday last week, the BOG mandated its leaders to update its sponsors and other role players on the current status quo, which has also seen them unable to restart the league last weekend.

All 32 Clubs are required to be based at a Biological safety environment (BSE) in Gauteng for six weeks (45 days), at the respective clubs’ costs.

FARPost takes a look at how much a stay at the BSE will cost each club, for the remainder of the season.

Accommodation: Clubs are expected to accommodate a maximum of 50 personnel, this includes players, technical team and all the supporting staff.

It will cost roughly R1 300 per person per day for those 45 days amounting to R 2 925 000 to accommodate the entire team, this excludes pre-match meals.

COVID-19 Tests: Each club (GladAfrica and Absa Premiership) are required to conduct two rounds of testing prior to them reporting to the BSE.

A covid-19 test cost R850 per person. So to test the 50 personnel twice will cost each club R85 000.

This excludes other medical requirements that might be necessary during the stay at the BSE. These costs also exclude the transportation costs for clubs that are based outside of Gauteng, where the League intends to wrap up their programme.

So it will cost roughly R3.2 million for a club to be part of the Bio Bubble, an amount which exceed the normal cost per season.

This might prove to be a challenge especially for clubs without sponsors and rely solely on the R2.5 million grant, and more importantly First Division clubs who receive R500 000 monthly grants.

The R3 million they (GladAfrica clubs) will spend at the camp is equivalent to the grants they received in a six months period.

But as the PSL Chairman, Dr Irvin Khoza specified during the press briefing last week, the League is at War against Time.

Only time will tell!

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By Ofhani Munyai

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