Country FA permission to allow amateur football to resume immediately
The South African Football Association (Safa) may be forced to rethink their decision to cancel the season of the ABC Motsepe League.
This was after the SA government gave permission for all soccer operations to resume immediately.
On the weekend, the Safa NEC confirmed the 2019-20 ABC Motsepe League season in all nine provinces, with teams occupying the top positions named as champions.
It was a decision made by Safa almost six months to settle on the suspension of all football activities in March.
Now that the government has given the green light to football, Safa can reconsider its decision and allow the ABC Motsepe League season to be completed across all provinces.
In a statement released by Safa on Monday, the association reported that the government had warned the public to remain alert and cautious as the coronavirus pandemic remained present.
Safa further outlined the steps that all clubs should take before football can resume, including the hiring of a enforcement officer, wearing masks, sanitization and daily hand washing, among others.
Clubs are advised to perform regular Covid-19 symptoms screening.
Part of the argument made by Safa reads as follows:
Among the things that the clubs need to take care of are:
• Nomination of the Enforcement Officer
• Daily screening of the symptoms of Covid-19
• Seeking to observe the social gap of Covid-19 as much as possible
• Hygiene and daily hand washing
• Wearing masks as much as possible at any given time, except when training is in session.
Safa acting CEO Tebogo Motlanthe said the country’s FA was delighted that soccer will be coming back now that the country is on warning level 1 of the lockdown.
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He added that the spread of coronavirus would be restricted if all football clubs were to follow the health and safety directives and initiatives laid down by the association.
“We are delighted that football is now going to resume, but our members need to track and ensure that teams follow strict health protocols,” Motlanthe said in the statement.
“All Safa Health and Safety Directives must be implemented in order to prevent any potential increase in Covid-19 incidents.”