Safa and PSL meet amid confusion over Covid-19 compliance officer roles

PSL players back in training.
PSL players back in training.

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It appears that the PSL transgressed regulations gazetted by government by allowing teams to return to training without permission from the mother body Safa.

It will be expected that Safa plays the overarching role in ensuring compliance with the directions through their appointed compliance officers
Nathi Mthethwa, sports minister

Last week the PSL began approving a few teams to return to training. Cape Town City, Polokwane City, Kaizer Chiefs and Bidvest Wits confirmed their return to training.

As City Press reported on Sunday, there is confusion over the roles of compliance officers of both the PSL and Safa. The PSL appointed Michael Murphy, the league’s legal head, as its compliance officer last week while Safa had already appointed Dr Thulani Ngwenya in that role.

On Sunday, Sports, Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa confirmed that by law, Safa is in charge.

READ: The cost of PSL Covid-19 compliance does not come cheap

“In line with the approach you followed through the joint liaison committee established‚ it will be expected that Safa plays the overarching role in ensuring compliance with the directions through their appointed compliance officers‚” wrote Mthethwa in a letter to both organisations.

There has been confusion about the roles, but government has made it clear that I, as the Safa compliance officer, must oversee the process of football returning
Dr Thulani Ngwenya

“The PSL has been advised to submit its plans to Safa. On receipt of such plans‚ we will appreciate if those plans are quality assured and submitted to the department to prepare its monitoring plan.”

Going forward, Murphy would in theory report to Ngwenya who will in turn brief government on a regular basis.

READ: PSL lays down Murphy’s law with Covid-19 compliance for clubs

Mthethwa added: “Safa is further requested to provide the department with its detailed compliance monitoring plan of how its compliance team will monitor the PSL activities as well as any other football activities that will resume under the lockdown. The details should include names of compliance monitoring teams‚ dates‚ venues‚ times and clubs to be visited.”

Ngwenya revealed that Safa and the PSL would meet on Wednesday to discuss the way forward.

READ: Expect more positive cases in PSL warns Safa doctor

“There has been confusion about the roles, but government has made it clear that I, as the Safa compliance officer, must oversee the process of football returning. At this point, I don’t know anything about the compliance procedures that have been followed,” the Safa chief medical officer told City Press.


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