The return of soccer to South Africa edged one step closer on Tuesday, 12 at a meeting with the Joint Liaison Committee (JLC). The committee involves members from the South African Football Association (SAFA) and members from the National Soccer League (NSL).
“The proposals [presented at the meeting] had to deal mostly with health issues and when it is safe to resume the games.” The SAFA statement read.
The meeting occurred to plot out a way for soccer to return to South Africa. The Premier Soccer League (PSL) has been abandoned since March. As a result, supporters and players alike are eager to see the conclusion to the league. Especially of the tight race between Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns for the PSL title.
The meeting concluded after a task team was created consisting of; Advocate Tebogo Motlanthe (SAFA Acting CEO); Mato Madlala (PSL Acting CEO); Dr Thulani Ngwenya (SAFA Chief Medical Officer); Dr Lervasen Pillay (PSL Head of Medical); Poobalan Govindasamy (SAFA NEC) and Jose Ferreira (PSL Executive Committee Member).
Therefore, the task team would meet as a unit to compile a document on a way forward and how best to deal with the health concerns raised in the meeting.
“The Task Team has been given a maximum of 14 days to complete the document and report back to the Joint Liaison Committee,” SAFA stated.
Although the step is not as big as in other countries. In contrast, in Germany, the Bundesliga is returning this weekend. In Spain, players have been allowed to train at their stadiums. However, it is a step forward for South African soccer to hopefully return soon.