'How can schools open, but not football?'

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PSL footballers are getting frustrated by the government's latest indications that schools may be allowed to reopen before professional sport.

The Basic Education Department's proposal to reopen schools has started a lot of noise as the country is still in the middle of the coronavirus outbreak.

Football is suspended indefinitely and still only likely to resume at Level 1 of the phased lifting of the lockdown, unless the PSL's proposal to the government to resume at Level 3 is successful.

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One of the Absa Premiership stars Mpho Makola believes it is not fair for the authorities to trust young school kids and not soccer players when it comes to keeping the social distancing.

"No I don't think it's fair for government to allow small kids to go back to school and actually give them that responsibility to be careful regarding this virus," the Cape Town City midfielder tells KickOff.com.

"So I think that's out of question for kids to go back to school. Look at kids in the rural areas, do you think they are going to be safe? Are they going to follow the rules and the regulations that are being implemented by the government? It's impossible.

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"Some kids travel miles, they go on dusty roads, they go through rivers you know, all those things should be considered. Ja, obviously for all the kids to go back to school I mean the kids will be in the same classroom and a bunch of them.

"It's the same thing with the soccer players on the field of play, so I think if they can allow that then surely they can allow soccer players to go back to football.

"To be honest with you, kids are the most unhygienic people. Kids touch everything you know. When you look at kids in pre-schools... you know they like sharing things, the next thing kids are sharing, swopping each other's masks and all those things."

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The former Orlando Pirates star believes football can be resumed behind closed doors.

"I think we can play behind closed doors as long as everybody is tested, every player is tested, every official is tested," he says.

"Maybe put everyone in one place, one province, three hotels, like how they do with the MDC, you know maybe four games in a day. I think that could work you know.

"I mean there's only eight games to go. People don't need to come to the stadiums because the games will be televised. I think that can work."

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