The Premier Soccer League chairman Irvin Khoza has officially confirmed plans to resume the 2019/20 season and the location where all games will be played in the next six weeks.
He did, however, add that SAFA must still approve their schedule for matches, which the Siya crew has reported is set for July 18.
Khoza said Gauteng will host all 32 teams in the Absa Premiership and GladAfrica Championship, but would not confirm dates.
“What we have done is submitted the dates, but not announced them in public. We cannot announce them, we have prepared them and supplied them to SAFA. They have taken them to the meeting with compliance officers (this morning) and will then give an update,” the chairman said during his press conference.
The Siya crew reported at the weekend that the PSL informed SAFA of 14 training venues and 11 stadium where matches will be played, but Khoza would not elaborate on any of this either, though he did stress that if there’s no resumption of the balance of the season in the coming days then more jobs would be lost.
Clubs in the top division currently receive R2.5-million from the league, while the second tier pockets R500 000 a month. Khoza said the league would be unable to continue paying monthly grants if there’s no resumption.
What appears to be the delay is that SAFA, the motherbody, wants to give referees more time to prepare having said in a letter seen by the Siya crew that “it is not practical to expect resumption of play before 01 August 2020”.
There should be yet another update later on today from SAFA on the way forward, as – ultimately – the decision is theirs to make as alluded to by Khoza.
Although the PSL chairman would not give dates, all 32 clubs are expected to move into the biologically safe environment in Gauteng sometime this week soon after receiving their Covid-19 tests with the hope the league restarts on Saturday.
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