PSL seeks ways to resume season

2020-03-20 12:03

The Premier Soccer League (PSL) will engage in further consultations with the ministers of health and safety to find a way to resume the league programmes amid the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic.

The PSL is hoping to conclude its current season by the end of June at the latest, the league’s chairperson, Irvin Khoza, announced on Thursday.

However, he highlighted that the PSL was mindful of the “existing uncertainties in our country and, therefore, we shall remain flexible”.

Khoza’s announcement comes at a time when the PSL, like the rest of the professional football leagues across the world, have been brought to a halt due to Covid-19.

The Board of Governors, which comprises the 32 premier and first division clubs, resolved at the conclusion of their meeting on Thursday that the PSL would engage in further consultation with government.

According to Khoza, a task team has already been appointed and will meet on Monday to map the way forward.

“We deliberated for a long time on a matter that is complex. The Board of Governors was represented by all the teams in the premier division and the GladAfrica championship because of the magnitude and the seriousness of the matter,” Khoza told the media shortly after the meeting in Kempton Park on Thursday.

“The Board of Governors resolved that the NSL values the lives of our people. We view the health and safety of players, staff and stakeholders as paramount.

“Our intention was to complete the season no later than June 30, but, because of the existing uncertainties in our country, we shall remain flexible,” said Khoza.

He barely referred to Safa during the media briefing. On Wednesday, the country’s football governing body announced that all domestic football programmes, including the PSL, must be stopped until at least April 4.

Instead, Khoza hinted that the PSL would take its cue from government.

“The Board of Governors has mandated the executive committee, assisted by the appointed task team, to take all possible measures to ensure that NSL’s league resumes in compliance with the directive issued by President Cyril Ramaphosa, with the support and alignment with national government,” he said.

At this point, said Khoza, the Board of Governors would “endeavour to make sure that the compliance issues are complied with as a matter of urgency”.

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March 29 2020