FOLLOWING the plea by Sport Minister Nathi Mthethwa to both the Premier Soccer League (PSL) and the South African Football Association (Safa) to speak with one voice on when the 2019/20 season can resume, it appears the two bodies are heeding the call.
Mthethwa last week told journalists that it was important for PSL chairperson Irvin Khoza and Safa president Danny Jordaan to agree regarding the restart of a campaign that has been halted by the Covid-19 pandemic since mid-March — this was after the two organisations gave the impression they were pulling in different directions.
Safa have categorically stated that football should only return once the country’s high risk regulations are moved to level 1.
Currently South Africa is on level 4.
The PSL executive committee met on Thursday and Friday to discuss how the season can be concluded behind closed doors while adhering to the health and safety regulations set by the government to contain the spread of the virus.
While there has been no official word from the league, Safa have confirmed to the Siya crew that they received a proposal from the PSL.
“Yes, we have received the proposal from the PSL and as a result of that there is going to be a joint liaison committee meeting at 2 pm on Tuesday [May 12] between the mother body and our special member.
“The meeting will be held at Safa house to try and find a way forward regarding the return of football,” said Safa spokesperson Dominic Chimhavi.
It is there that a resolution is likely to be taken, with clubs on edge about the future of football, expiring contracts and the registration of new players.
Fifa, the world governing body, have said leagues around the globe must obtain permission from the government before they can restart.
Meanwhile, Kaizer Chiefs legend Lucas Radebe believes the PSL should award Amakhosi the 2019/20 league title, even though it will be a difficult decision to make.
With the season on pause due to the Covid-19 lockdown, and with no indication of when or if it will resume,
Radebe reckons tough decisions need to be made.
Chiefs currently sit at the top of the Absa Premiership standings with a four-point lead over Mamelodi Sundowns, who have a game in hand.
“So, I think the first thing [to do] is to think about the people’s health and since we have stopped everything, we are on lockdown, I think we should wait until the time is right,” Radebe told Marawa Sports Worldwide on Metro FM.
“Leaders make difficult decisions and that’s why you are a leader and up there. We all make difficult decisions whether we are at home or at work.
“Yes, I said that we have to make a decision. We make decisions every day but this one let’s look and let’s think about the players, let’s look at the fans so that we can start again, afresh, whenever this Covid-19 subsides.
“That’s it [the season should end with Chiefs being crowned champions]. As difficult as it is. I know people will be criticising.
“There will be a lot of talk, there is talk already. But this is what it is. Let’s look at the log and according to the log, let everybody accept that this has happened.
“Yes, they will talk about Kaizer Chiefs having won the league because of Covid-19 or somebody will be relegated because of Covid-19.”
— Soccer Laduma, Sport24.