Revealed: How refs have been keeping fit

Premiership

SAFA's head of referees Tenda Masikhwa says ever since lockdown started the country's referees have been making sure they stay sharp.

In a statement on Tuesday the Association said it would be impossible for the PSL to resume matches this month as 110 match officials still need to undergo 'medical and mandatory fitness tests'.

See how SAFA referees have been keeping fit during lockdown above

Throughout lockdown players had been training at home on their own and communicated with their clubs' technical teams online.

Masikhwa was asked if SAFA's referees were doing the same, or if anything was done to assist them in keeping their minds fresh when it comes to the laws of the game.

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"They've been getting [video] clips to discuss and they were also having some Zoom meetings, so that's what they were doing to prepare [for the resumption of the season]," Masikhwa tells KickOff.com.

SAFA said a FIFA-approved fitness trainer has agreed to a reduced two-week period to ensure the health and fitness of match officials for Absa Premiership and GladAfrica Championship matches.

The PSL intended to finish the season before August 31 but will not meet that deadline after SAFA pushed the restart date to the first week of August at the earliest to ensure match officials are ready.

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