SAFA give up NTC for COVID quarantine

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SAFA have announced new developments at their offices and have also offered up the national technical centre to government as a COVID-19 quarantine facility.

SAFA have provided an update on the steps they are taking as precaution against the novel coronavirus that continues to spread across the country, with confirmed cases up to 402 as of Monday, 23 March.

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After suspending football at all levels last week, SAFA House will now be evacuated after the motherbody issued a work-from-home directive to its employees.

"Following our earlier announcement in which we suspended all football activities across the country, we have noted that the situation regarding the containment of the corona virus is not improving," reads a statement from the FA's acting CEO Gay Mokoena.

"We have therefore, requested the staff of the South African Football Association (SAFA), except for the Senior Management, to work from home as from 24 March 2020 until further notice. We will review the situation in coming days on the way forward."

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Furthermore, the SAFA Technical Centre, also known as Fun Valley, has been closed to the public and offered to government as a quarantine facility for those affected by COVID-19.

"SAFA is also shutting down the National Technical Centre (formerly known as Fun Valley) in a bid to curb the congregation of huge crowds in line with the national government call to stop the spread of the virus," Mokoena added.

"We have decided as the Association, to offer the SAFA NTC to the national government to use the facility as one of the quarantine centres.

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"We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our members and the general public who have heeded our call to suspend all football activities until this crisis is contained."