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One Step Closer To PSL Return – SAFA Confirms

South African Football Association, Danny Jordaan and Premier Soccer League chairman, Irvin Khoza will be reporting back to the government following today’s meeting.

Minister of Sport, Nathi Mthethwa confirmed on Saturday morning that all sport, contact and non-contact will be allowed to return to training under strict conditions during level 3 of the nationwide lockdown.

SAFA have since confirmed the next step of the procedure, where the Joint Liaison Committee will officially meet with the Minister of Sport.

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“The SAFA Joint Liaison Committee met on Monday, 1 June 2020 at SAFA House and agreed that both the SAFA President, Dr Danny Jordaan and NSL chairman, Dr Irvin Khoza must report back to the Minister of Sport on the protocols for the Return To Play,” SAFA said on their official website.

“The two have also been mandated to meet and brief Ministers of Health and Transport on what needs to be done in the case of football returning to play. 

“Monday’s meeting adopted the report and protocol from the Task Team that says football can only resume under specific conditions as prescribed by the Protocol. The meeting resolved that SAFA will write to the Minister asking permission on training procedures. 

“The two, Dr Jordaan and Dr Khoza will also discuss the possible starting dates for the resumption of football matches. 

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“In his address on Saturday, Minister Nathi Mthethwa spelt out the way forward for contact and non-contact sport. He gave training the green light but also underscored the fact that playing was impossible on alert Level 3 according to firm Government specifications. 

“Minister Mthethwa participated briefly in the meeting on Monday and emphasised the need to balance the health of football stakeholders and that the economic impact Covid-19 has had on the game," the association concluded.  

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