The South African Football Association confirmed that they’ve received a letter from the South African government and are currently putting the processes in motion in order to ensure a safe return to football.
Teams in the top flight have resumed club training this week after adhering to all the necessary protocols in line with the Government’s regulations during level 03 of the COVID-19 lockdown.
However, the league is yet to confirm an official date for the resumption of the 2019/20 season, though SAFA have issued the latest on their plans:
“The South African Football Association (SAFA) has started to put all the processes into motion following the letter from the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture Mr Nathi Mthethwa explaining all procedures on the return to football and play.
"The Association has thereby appointed Dr Thulani Ngwenya and Mr Mlungisi Ncame as Compliance Officers to oversee the entire process as prescribed by the correspondence from the Minister, who requested that SAFA oversees the whole process on return to training and play,” the association said on their official website.
“Part of the letter from the Ministry reads:
- The sport body (SAFA) must assume full responsibility for the safety and security of its members, staff and athletes in curbing the spread of COVID-19; and
- Ensure that all its members comply with the provisions of these Directions, Regulations and any other applicable legislation;
- A sport body (SAFA) and its affiliate members are jointly and severally responsible for any claim for damages or negligence arising as a result of failure to take reasonable measures in curbing the spread of COVID-19.
"Dr Ngwenya and Mr Ncame as well as SAFA CEO Advocate Tebogo Motlanthe, will be meeting with the National Soccer League (NSL) to discuss the logistics and implementation of the compliance requirements as set out in the compliance protocol put together by the Joint Liaison Committee (JLC) and approved by the government.”
“It is this document that will guide the return to training and play processes.
"SAFA has already forwarded the response and directive from the Minister and subsequent SAFA’s approval response to FIFA as required by football practices.
"Meanwhile, SAFA will await the PSL meeting scheduled for Thursday, and for the Special Member’s input before rolling out the entire process,” SAFA concluded.