PSL season to resume on August 8

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The Premier Soccer League (PSL) has confirmed that the football season will resume on August 8 after a four-month enforced break due to the coronavirus pandemic.

This was confirmed late this afternoon after the National Soccer League’s extra-ordinary Board of Governors meeting.

The two Nedbank Cup semi-finals will be played on the first day of resumption, with the ABSA Premiership and GladAfrica Championship matches resuming three days later. PSL Chairman Irvin Khoza says they expect the 2019/2020 season to conclude by the 5th of September.

“The Board of Governors has now accepted to resume the games on the 8th of august and I immediately phoned the president of South African Football Association (SAFA) to make him aware that we are resuming the games on the 8th of august. I tried to phone the minister but I left the message on his phone that we are resuming on the 8th of August, the MEC of Sport in Gauteng she was also briefed remember Gauteng are the people who are going to be hosting the BSC, and all the other logistics in as far as transporting the teams as they come at the port of entry, from the hotels, from the hotels to the training venues, from the training venues to match venues”.

Earlier this month, the South African Football Association (Safa) gave football the go-ahead to resume on the first of August with the remaining matches to be played behind closed doors in Gauteng.

Khoza says individual clubs are expected to follow all strict conditions stipulated by their compliance officer.

“I the Board of Governors we’ve got a Compliance Officer who gave us a report that all clubs have complied except one that is trying to comply, if you don’t comply before you go to the bubble you are out and remember going to the bubble 48 hours before you must be tested anyone going to the bubble must be negative, if you are not negative you are out”.