PSL return date yet to be announced: The South Africa Premier Soccer League is close to returning after the PSL and South Africa Football Association has agreed to meet. The meeting comes after Sports Minister Nathi Mthethwa pleaded with the PSL and SAFA to speak one voice about the resumption of the 2019-2020 season.
Nathi Mthethwa told journalists that is was vital for the PSL chairman Irvin Khoza and SAFA president Danny Jordaan to reach an agreement following the covid-19 forced lockdown in South Africa that has mad it difficult to continue in business as usual mode. Mthethwa made the call after it was evident the two bodies had different positions regarding the resumption of the football season.
SAFA was firm on the idea of football returning when the national lockdown is on level 1.
The executive of the PSL resolved on Thursday and Friday to look at ways that could enable the season to be concluded behind closed doors.
After the meeting, SAFA acknowledged to receiving a p[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 2pm on Tuesday between the motherbody 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.
The meeting is likely to see the body discuss distressed clubs and the issue of expiry of contracts and also the PSL return date
The world football governing body FIFA directed football associations they govern to first seek permission from their respective governments before resuming football. If SAFA and PSL agree on a position for the PSL return date, they will approach the government for deliberations. Such progress will draw football close to returning.