Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane's concerns have been averted.
The coach had said that going all the way to extra-time in their Nedbank Cup tie would put them at a disadvantage when they host Orlando Pirates in an Absa Premiership clash.
But the Premier Soccer League has since confirmed this afternoon that the domestic campaign will be on hold in light of the coronavirus outbreak.
Downs beat Highlands Park 1-0 on Saturday night and Mosimane was always concerned that playing beyond the 90 minutes would not be ideal. His side, however, now has a chance to rejuvenate ahead of the fixture against Bucs, which worried the Sundowns mentor.
“This (extra-time) will affect the (Orlando Pirates) game. That’s why I didn’t want to keep (Sibusiso) Vilakazi on for longer because we need him. We brought fresh legs, but at the moment what’s important is to go through,” he told the media.
The Brazilians were already without Themba Zwane and Gaston Sirino, who suffered knocks in a game away to Stellenbosch FC three days earlier.
Downs, who are still on a quest for a domestic treble as they remain title challengers, are through to the semi-finals of the Nedbank Cup and have already won the Telkom Knockout in December last year.
“We are professional and should treat each and every game the way it is. When one door closes, another one opens. We couldn’t go to the semi-final of the CAF Champions League, but now we have the chance to go to the semi-finals of the Nedbank Cup. You must take it, it is the way it is,” said Mosimane.