Chiefs' title chase put off by 2 more weeks

PSL Lockdown News

Kaizer Chiefs will have to continue their wait to end their trophy drought following the latest developments around the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fans eagerly anticipating a chance of live domestic football action returning after April 4 will now have to wait at least two more weeks before a new outcome from the Premier Soccer League's executive committee is reached.

The Absa Premiership, GladAfrica Championship and MultiChoice Diski Challenge were last week halted after the League's Exco resolved to suspend action after the country was placed in a national state of disaster.

Following meetings held last Thursday with various stakeholders and its own Board of Governors, the PSL resolved that football would remain postponed until the earliest April 4, in accordance with an earlier directive from motherbody SAFA.

However, this date has since been shifted to April 16 after President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday announced new stringent measures put in place that will see South Africa go into "lockdown" for three weeks from March 27.

"SAFA therefore, in line with the call by the State President, will extend the ban of all football matches and all other football activities from 4 April 2020, as first announced by the Association, to 16 April 2020," read a statement on the association's website.

Several clubs have already refrained from meeting for training, with players being handed individual programmes to follow under self-quarantine, while all others are now expected to follow suit as the national defence force will restrict unnecessary movements of individuals and groups.

With eight games still remaining in their campaign, Amakhosi could well see their drought lapse the five-year mark on 9 May 2020, while the likes of Mamelodi Sundowns, Orlando Pirates, SuperSport United, Bidvest Wits and Maritzburg United all remain within reach of the log leaders.