Safa shuts down amateur football again

Tebogo Motlanthe (CEO) of SAFA.
Tebogo Motlanthe (CEO) of SAFA.

The South African Football Association (Safa) has suspended all amateur football again due to the rapidly escalating numbers of Covid-19 cases in the country.

Safa said in a statement released on Friday morning that the suspension will be reviewed at the end of this month.

“The South African Football Association (SAFA) has suspended‚ with immediate effect‚ all non-professional football in the wake of rising cases of COVID-19 infections‚” Safa’s statement read.

“The suspension includes training sessions‚ courses‚ workshops and all matches. The matter will be reviewed by 31 January 2021 when the Association will make further risk assessments and advice.

“This extraordinary step is taken in the interest of safety of players‚ technical staff‚ administrators‚ match officials‚ the media and all other personnel involved in the organisation and staging of matches and other football events.

“Professional football will continue under the measures already being implemented by our Special Member‚ the National Soccer League [NSL‚ of which the Premier Soccer League is the trading name].

“This must however be done in compliance with the applicable protocols of Government’s Risk Adjusted Strategy of the Disaster Management Act with respect to the curfew and closure of venues and as it is further explained in the Directives issues by the Minister of Sport‚ Arts and Culture.”

The PSL‚ encompassing the top-flight DStv Premiership and second-tier GladAfrica Championship‚ constitute professional football in South Africa and are not affected by the suspension.

PSL team operate under stringent quarantining and sanitisation provisions‚ compliant with government restrictions on professional sport‚ including playing in closed stadiums.

All leagues below that‚ including the third-tier ABC Motsepe League and fourth-tier SAB League‚ are suspended.

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