Absa Premiership

PSL to hold key talks with sports minister regarding league start

Irvin Khoza (BackpagePix)
Irvin Khoza (BackpagePix)

The Premier Soccer League will hold a meeting to discuss the resumption of the season with Minister of Sport Nathi Mthethwa next week.

The PSL has been suspended for over a month with no clear indication as yet as to when the league might resume.

The governing body will take its cue from FIFA, in line with government advice from around the world.

PSL chairperson, Irvin Khoza spoke to IOL.

He said: "FIFA has issued a directive providing the green light for the resumption of the leagues around the world.

"The directive extended 2019/20 season by a month from 30 June to 31 July. Remember, the season was supposed to end on 30 June 2020.

"This FIFA directive gives one condition regarding the resumption of the league - that the leagues must obtain a go-ahead from their respective government departments of health."

Khoza added: "The PSL is in discussion at the moment with the Minister (Nathi Mthethwa) and other relevant authorities to ensure that FIFA’s condition is met and we can work on the plans for the resumption of the league.

"Whether we resume in two months' time, three months' time or five months' time or six months - the government and its departments must give us the go-ahead.

"That's why we are engaging the minister on this matter. After the meeting on Thursday, 7 May, we will issue a statement (about the way forward)."

South African is currently in it's sixth week of lockdown - and second day of Level 4 restrictions.

- TEAMtalk media

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