Vaccinated fans allowed to attend Soweto derby

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The South African Football Association has stated that special member, the National Soccer League (NSL) has committed to allow fully vaccinated fans back into stadiums for the upcoming Soweto derby.

SAFA president Danny Jordaan confirmed that the soccer body is committed to allowing fans to attend the upcoming Group G World Cup qualifier between Bafana Bafana and Ethiopia on 12 October.

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This commitment is part of a vaccination drive alongside the government to encourage South Africans to get vaccinated.

As part of this vaccination drive, the NSL has committed to a similar protocol for the upcoming Soweto derby between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates at FNB Stadium on 6 November.

"Only fans that are vaccinated will get free entry into the forthcoming Qatar 2022 Fifa World Cup match between SA and Ethiopia, scheduled to take place at FNB Stadium on October 12," Jordaan said.

"Safa's special member, the NSL, has resolved to use the Soweto Derby to also encourage mass vaccination drive."

Jordaan also added that all stakeholders attending SAFA competitions - which includes DStv Premiership and lower league matches - would need to be fully vaccinated.

"Safa NEC members will have to be vaccinated and show the vaccination certificates, failure of which one would have to produce a recent negative Covid-19 result whenever they attend meetings," Jordaan added.

"Everyone attending SAFA meetings and events including the support staff should also be vaccinated. These include all players playing in the SAFA competitions, referees, coaches and everyone involved.

"Those that do not meet the requirements will not be allowed to participate in any football events. The deadline for this drive is October 30, 2021.

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