After five months of no local football, the Premier Soccer League will finally resume on August 8.
PSL chairperson Irvin Khoza confirmed the resumption of the Absa Premiership and GladAfrica Championship (the reserve league – Multichoice Diski Challenge – is therefore cancelled). He held a press conference to make the announcement on Monday afternoon following an extraordinary board of governors meeting
The PSL wanted to resume the season on July 18 but the unavailability of referees, who fall under Safa, derailed its plans. Safa indicated that match officials would be available from August 1.
“The board of governors agreed unanimously that we must resume games on August 8,” Khoza said in a televised press conference.
“This is a historic and exciting moment in a difficult time in the history of this country. I think the announcement will assist in mitigating the challenges that is faced by the country and assist the mental wellness of the people while we are navigating this intangible virus that is affecting the whole world. The board of governors will meet again in 72 hours to finalise a few details.”
The PSL has 113 games to complete.
Khoza confirmed that the first games on August 8 will be the semifinals of the Nedbank Cup and the season will end on the first week of September.
“The first games will be the two Nedbank Cup semis. The final of the Nedbank Cup will be the last match of the season. Our compliance officer gave us a report that all the clubs except for one [had passed the compliance test],” he said.
“And if they don’t comply before going to the bubble they are out. Remember we will test 48 hours before the bubble. If you are not negative you are out. Our aim is to finish on the first week of September. “
Mamelodi Sundowns face Bidvest Wits while Baroka take on Bloemfontein Celtic in the other semifinal.
The promotion/relegation playoffs will then be completed in mid-September.