Chiefs, Downs race to resume next week?

Premiership

The 2019/20 Absa Premiership title race could be set for a return as early as this month as the PSL board of governors continue deliberations.

The PSL BOG – consisting of all 32 member clubs – were locked in discussions for several hours in a virtual meeting held on Thursday as they look to roll out their return-to-play plans.

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Top-flight and first division clubs began submitting Covid-19 compliance documention to the PSL for their return to training soon after government issued the green light on their proposals last week.

Domestic football has now been suspended for 115 days and this has brought about a sense of urgency for the campaign to be completed so as to avoid a further knock-on effect of the 2020/21 season.

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Some, including the likes of main title contenders Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns, have since been given the go-ahead to resume training, while others continue to seek the PSL's approval.

Information reaching KickOff.com is that games could resume as soon as July 19, pending further approval from SAFA, who on Wednesday issued a statement of their intention to take full control of proceedings.

As this website indicated over a month ago, North West and Gauteng have been earmarked as the possible destinations for the 'Biologically Safe Environment', which was one of the key aspects included in the proposal approved by government.

Meanwhile, with some GladAfrica Championship clubs struggling to comply with the regulations put forward for their return, reports elsewhere suggest that only the Premiership could return while the lower division will be decided based on the current log standings.

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This could see leaders Ajax Cape Town promoted, and second-placed Swallows FC and third-placed Uthongathi FC will then enter the playoffs with the soon-to-be-decided 15th-placed side in the premier division.

PSL CEO Mato Madladla was not available for comment at the time of publishing.

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