SAFA announce big decision on fans return

SA National Teams

The South African Football Association has made a major decision regarding the return of fans to the stadiums.

More than eighteen months since supporters were last able to watch Bafana Bafana in action, fans are expected to be back in the crowd next week when the national team plays host to Ethiopia at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg.

This comes after SAFA president Danny Jordaan met with Minister of Health, Dr Joe Phaahla, and other stakeholders to canvass for the fans' return to the stadiums, with a second meeting scheduled for Thursday to finalise the plan to bring this into effect.

"We had a great meeting with the Department of Health who will on Thursday guide the way in how we will achieve this, and do it in a manner that we all still remain safe. It will be a marvel to see fans back in the stands," Dr. Jordaan said.

While the official numbers are yet to be confirmed, it is understood that a limited number of supporters, all of whom must be fully vaccinated against the Covid-19 virus, will be allowed to attend the match.

It will be the first time since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic last year that any fans will be allowed in attendance at a major sporting event, with other major events such as the DStv Premiership, MTN 8 and Nedbank Cup all still being played behind closed doors. 

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