PSL football's next steps revealed

Premiership

The intended return of PSL football seems promising with more clarity given on the potential way forward of the unfinished 2019/20 season.

SAFA have provided an update following the Joint Liaison Commitee's proposal for the return to play, following the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa issuing the green light on Saturday.

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The JLC met on Monday to present the plan which SAFA president Danny Jordaan and PSL chairman Irvin Khoza will be sharing with Mthethwa and Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula.

Jordaan and Khoza will be hoping to get the go-ahead from government on, firstly, their proposal for the return to traning, before discussing the potential resumption of competitive matches, which was earlier declared a no-go during lockdown Level 3.

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"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," read a statement on Monday.

"The two have also been mandated to meet and brief the Ministers of Health and Transport on what needs to be done in the case of football returning to play.

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"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.

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"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."

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