Games will take place without spectators due to the Covid-19 outbreak according to the government official
Premier Soccer League (PSL) action is set to resume despite the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.
This comes after a meeting between local sports leaders and the country’s Minister of Sport Nathi Mthethwa on Tuesday.
South African Football Association (Safa) president Danny Jordan and PSL chairman Irvin Khoza were part of the meeting which was aimed at finding solutions amid the coronavirus pandemic.
On Sunday, South Africa president Cyril Ramaphosa declared a national state of disaster as Covid-19 continues to spread across the country and the PSL decided to suspend the league until further notice on Monday.
However, Mthethwa has now announced local football competitions can be played behind closed doors.
“It is not in two weeks or a week, it is now. We have said that, firstly we need the chairman and others in the leadership of sport to raise their voices against this pandemic,” Mthethwa stated in the press conference.
“Therefore, they will continue with their matches, which will be without spectators, and they will finish the season.”
“The most important thing for us, as they do that, is they will be spreading the message to fight against this pandemic,” he continued.
“So, there is no confusion. Even if we are going to reach a point where there are no matches, that will be gradually phased in.
“But as we speak, they can have their match tomorrow [Wednesday] with no spectators though.”
— Mahlatse Mphahlele (@BraMahlatse) March 17, 2020
Behind-the-scenes of our press briefing today, after Minister @NathiMthethwaSA met with Captains of Industry in the Sports sector to discuss a way forward in light of the #Corvid19SA pandemic. @ArtsCultureSA
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— Masechaba Ndlovu (@MasechabaNdlovu) March 17, 2020