What now for Chiefs, Ajax & co?

Premiership

The Premier Soccer League’s Board of Governors on Thursday resolved to uphold the suspension of all football until further notice, but what is the way forward?

Many people are still left perplexed as to what yesterday’s announcement means for their respective teams and their hopes of watching them in action again.

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To explain, KickOff.com has gathered some inside information on what the next steps could be with regards to the title race, relegation battle and Ajax Cape Town’s promotion hopes.

The Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa has already endorsed the continuation of the Absa Premiership and GladAfrica Championship behind closed doors, while the ministry of health and SAPS have followed suit.

SAFA have suspended all football until April 4, but this includes what would have been a FIFA break from March 23-March 31, and the PSL earlier suspended this week’s fixtures.

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The new resolution from the PSL means that no date has been set for the resumption of the season, but a commitment has been made to complete all remaining matches by June 30 to avoid risks of overrunning players’ contracts.

This means that football could return at any moment, with the course of the COVID-19 pandemic to determine when a safe time will be to resume fixtures.

What happens if the pandemic continues spreading and infecting people?

Should it reach a point where the pandemic is not curbed by, for argument’s sake, May 15, the BOG could resolve to host matches behind closed doors – provided the government’s stance does not change to a state of national emergency and/or declaring a complete lockdown.

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This may require screening of all participating players and staff, as well as any media, who will all be restricted to less than 100 people – in line with national measures declared by President Cyril Ramaphosa.

It has also been noted that the 100-person limitation does not include police, meaning the PSL could deploy officers to secure the perimeter, rather than outsourced security officials.

Another option could be a neutral venue, agreed upon by the BOG, for multiple matches to be staged while all necessary precautions are taken.

Ultimately, at this stage, the season will not be declared null and void and the completion thereof is of utmost importance to the League and BOG (all member clubs).

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