PSL and SAFA to be heard as one voice by government

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The minister of sports, arts and culture, Minister Nathi Mthethwa. Picture courtesy of: Jacaranda FM

The Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthetwa held a press conference on May 4 where he called for unity between the PSL and SAFA.

Mthetwa has called upon the organisations to guide the government in providing solutions on reopening or softening of lockdown regulations regarding professional soccer.

“We will be dependent on SAFA as the mother body of football in the country and the PSL, with the hope they will guide government,” Mthetwa added at the press briefing.

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The minister has called for the government to “hear one voice” from the two powerhouses when they present their solutions to the government.

It is quite clear that the PSL is eager to get the remainder of the season underway. When the PSL was abandoned in March, a tight battle was ensuing between Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns. Naturally, soccer fans want to see the conclusion of the PSL too.

However, SAFA is beholden to government regulations. The organisation has made it clear that they will not let soccer resume unless it is safe to do so. The regulations distributed by the government clearly outline that sports events can only occur in level 2. The country is currently on level 4 where athletes can exercise outside of their homes between 06:00-09:00 in the morning.

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The two organisations will meet on Thursday to devise a way forward that will be presented to the government.

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