Safa and PSL in talks over restart to the season
We have moved a little bit closer to a PSL season restart but nothing is set in stone just yet after meetings with Safa this week.
The first engagements between the South African Football Association (SAFA) and the Premier Soccer League have taken place, and it seems the top-flight competition will be the first to resume.
Television rights from the Premiership are the bread and butter of South African football, so it makes sense for the restart of the game to begin at the top.
Getting football back on the go
The Joint Liaison Committee made up of representatives from both SAFA, and the National Soccer League met on Tuesday to outline the return to football discussing an array of matters most of which centred around the health and wellbeing of all of those involved.
The PSL Executive Committee met last week to prepare for their meeting with Safa, discussing the protocols the league would need to put into place before the game could restart.
Safa confirmed they had received a submission from the PSL executive which would be considered in due course.
“The Joint Liaison Committee (JLC), made up of representatives of both the South African Football Association (SAFA) and the National Soccer League (NSL), met today to check the possibility of starting with the NSL matches,” A Safa representative told Soccer Laduma.
“They looked at both proposals from the NSL and SAFA, which had to deal mostly with health issues and the safe resumption of the game.”
“The purpose of the meeting was also to develop and present a one-voice policy for football in the country.”
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Task team to be established to look into PSL season restart
After the deliberations, the committee resolved as follows:
- Form a task team comprising of Advocate Tebogo Motlanthe (SAFA Acting CEO); Mato Madlala (PSL Acting CEO); Dr Thulani Ngwenya (SAFA Chief Medical Officer); Dr Lervasen Pillay (PSL Head of Medical); Poobalan Govindasamy (SAFA NEC) and Jose Ferreira (PSL Executive Committee Member).
- The task team is briefed to look at concerns which were raised in the meeting.
- The Task team will prepare a submission to the committee, which will later be submitted to the South African National Government for consideration.
- The Task Team has been given a maximum of 14 days to complete the document and report back to the Joint Liaison Committee.
The PSL suspended all matches on 16 March in response to growing concerns regarding the spread of COVID-19. It is understood that all top-flight clubs support the resolution to resume playing and complete the season as soon as it is safe to do so.
Kaizer Chiefs lead the table, but the executive committee are opposed to handing the title over to Amakhosi, and a PSL season restart has been their focus for some time now.