Absa Premiership

Chiefs urge fans to stay safe

Kaizer Chiefs fans (Gallo Images)
Kaizer Chiefs fans (Gallo Images)

Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs have released a statement urging their fans not to hold any mass gatherings to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.

The virus currently sweeping the globe has brought a grinding halt to sport and the South African Football Association (SAFA) had advised all members to suspend all football matches and events attended by more than 100 people.

On Monday, the Premier Soccer League (PSL) held an "urgent meeting" with its executive committee following President Cyril Ramaphosa's address to the nation on Sunday evening.

After that meeting, PSL chairperson Irvin Khoza announced that all matches in the Absa Premiership, GladAfrica Championship and the Multichoice Diski Challenge were to be suspended.

Since then, the majority of clubs in the country have cancelled training with players and staff practising self-isolation for two weeks.

Amakhosi have also stressed a similar message to their fans.

"In this uncertain time of the Coronavirus outbreak, we are urging Kaizer Chiefs supporters to take care and observe all the prescribed precautionary measures to avoid contracting and spreading of the pandemic," read the statement on the club's official website.

"During this period, we discourage Kaizer Chiefs supporters and branches from gathering and holding any meetings. This is in accordance with the statement issued on 15 March by President Cyril Ramaphosa on measures to combat COVID-19 pandemic.

"We encourage social distancing by prohibiting gatherings of more than 100 people. Prohibiting mass celebrations of upcoming national days. Furthermore, the President stated that where small gatherings are unavoidable, organisers will need to put in place stringent measures of prevention and control.

"The well-being of the supporters is of great concern to us. We urge the supporters to follow government guidelines regarding hygiene to ensure the well-being of everybody. We trust that soon this will pass, and everything will be back to normal."

The Glamour Boys are currently at the top of the Absa Premiership standings with 48 points from 22 matches with rivals, Mamelodi Sundowns, their nearest competitors in second place with 44 points from 21 games.

SAFA president Danny Jordaan has revealed that Saturday, 4 April is the date set for PSL matches to resume.

- Compiled by Tashreeq Vardien

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