'Social media' league to fill PSL void?


It has been revealed by an authority in South African soccer that a plan is being developed to keep local football supporters entertained during lockdown.

Everybody is waiting for news of when the government will lift some of the measures of the country's lockdown so that football, and other sports, can resume in whichever way possible.

SAFA recently indicated the exact terms of how football would be able to continue in the country once the green light is given by State President Cyril Ramaphosa, which involves various restrictions and puts the health of the players first. 

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Ramaphosa extended South Africa's lockdown by a further two weeks until the end of April, and there is the possibility that it might even extend to three months. That would mean no football until the end of June.

But SAFA's acting CEO Gay Mokoena does not believe it will take that long and says the country's football governing body is working on a way to keep the fans entertained.

"Hey, there's no other way, we have to follow the President and the government's guidelines," Mokoena tells KickOff.com.

"So we have extended our deadline to the end of April but there is some work that we are doing trying to see the impact of this. It's difficult because we don't know when we are going to start again.

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"Now we are trying to work out some programmes that can keep football fans busy in the meanwhile. It's something involving football. This will be digital, electronic, you know this social media thing. But it's early days, we are still considering our options.

"It's difficult to say [if the lockdown will go on for three months] but I don't think it will be that long. You see, for example the European clubs are starting to open, and if you look at the window that they had it's between five and seven to eight weeks.

"So probably we will do a little bit better than that. So I'm hoping this could take about five, six, seven weeks. I won't say three months, that is a bit too far."

According to PSL manager Lux September, the League can only follow what the government instructs and will need to keep football suspended if the 35-day lockdown is extended again.

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"I don't know," September says.

"We have to follow first the lead of the government. We can only talk about what is happening now. We can't talk about what we don't know. We can't speculate.

"We must deal with the now, and we are trying to deal with the now. But what's going to happen, we also don't know. We can only plan, and we are doing that, planning."

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