It will take a while before football resumes in South Africa, as the PSL waits for the government to relax the rules of the lockdown.
JOHANNESBURG – It will take a while before the South African domestic season resumes because the Premier Soccer League (PSL) is waiting for the government to relax the rules of the lockdown announced by SA President Cyril Ramaphosa.
It’s been a month since domestic football came to a halt. This was done in a bid to flatten the curve of the coronavirus pandemic.
Speaking to the media from the comfort of his home, PSL head of communications Luxolo September says they have been interacting with the government about the resumption of football, where various leagues and the Nedbank Cup are yet to be completed.
“There’s nothing new more than what we’ve been saying. We’ve noted what the president has been saying. There’s also an interaction between us and the government but there’s nothing more to it than that,” September said.
The resumption of the league is still up in the air. Some of the opinions have ranged from declaring the season null and void, finishing the season behind closed doors, to calling the season off as it stands and crowning leaders Kaizer Chiefs as the Absa Premiership champions.
But according to the PSL, they are still waiting on the government to give them the green light about resuming the league. And that’s why they are avoiding a situation such as the Dutch Eredivisie where the league has been declared null and void.
“Since the forum met (earlier last month), they made their decision that they want the league to continue,” September said.