PSL may run until September/October

Premiership

The current 2019/20 PSL season remains suspended but a club official has since indicated that the consensus is to complete all matches, even if they run until October.

The League has yet to issue a formal update on the situation facing the outcome of the Absa Premiership campaign amid the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown in place in the country.

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There have been suggestions around the world of perhaps ending the season as is, with the current log positions made final, while the Eredivisie this weekend declared their season null and void.

However, AmaZulu general manager Lunga Sokhela has provided some insight into discussions taking place within the PSL and its COVID-19 task team, which was assembled at the Board of Governors meeting on March 20.

“From our side, we have also been trying to get information [from the PSL], and I guess we have to sympathise a little bit with the guys that are running the league, because they also rely on government’s guidance,” Sokhela told reporters during a virtual press conference.

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“Government also can’t give definitive answers because they are assisting people and still trying to figure out how the virus is spreading, etc. But what I can confirm is that in principle, clubs at the last BOG said they want to continue to finish the season.

“Now we saw last week the different [lockdown] levels, and we should only really be coming back when we’re at level 1. We don’t know when that is going to be, but my understanding is that the task team is going to engage with government and see if we can go back sooner.

“As far as I understand, they’re looking at a proposal where perhaps we could start when it’s at level 3. The exact details of that are being handled by the task team, so we await that.”

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As far as the cut-off date for the season’s completion is concerned, Sokhela also added that no deadlines have been made by the PSL and provision has been made by FIFA to complete the current season whenever it is safe to do so.

“There was no cut-off date. I think the rules allow for the season to be extended in circumstances like this, and clubs have taken the stand that even if we finish in September or October, then that must be the case. We have to finish the season,” he added.

“Remember in 2010, I think the season finished in February, so it is possible to compress a season and all those things. We didn’t discuss a cut-off date.”

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