The Absa Premiership is edging closer to a return after the PSL and SAFA finalized a restart plan report today.
As reported here on Futaa several weeks ago, the two bodies set up a task team to formulate a detailed safety plan for the resumption of the Absa Premiership and Glad Africa Championship.
Additionally, Health Minister Nathi Mthethwa announced the allowance of contact sports to resume today as the level three lockdown kicks off.
SAFA’s latest update has confirmed a meeting was concluded today before a presentation is made to the Health Ministry.
“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 today on their 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.
“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," concluded the FA.