PSL chairman Irvin Khoza has confirmed that the league is looking into the possibility of finishing the season at a national camp based in one province.
The league in South Africa has been suspended since mid-March when the country went into lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Leagues across the world, though, have been restarting, with the South African Football Association (Safa) announcing that government has approved the regulations protocol allowing PSL teams to resume training.
Khoza explained that a national camp will ensure government’s health protocols are met by all 16 PSL clubs, but didn’t reveal when the season is likely to resume.
‘Finishing the season in one province is our best option. We have to control the environment because the risk is all over at the moment. We are doing our best to create an environment that will minimise the risk,’ Khoza told IOL.
‘What we are doing is what we call a medically justifiable approach, where players will be placed in a suitable environment that will stop any interaction with the people not involved in the game.
‘You will go to the training and then come back to the same place that we will choose. If you don’t come back after training you won’t be allowed to go back.
‘We are doing everything possible because if you leave home and go to work [training], it is a risk. If you go to shops, it is another risk.
‘But if you are in that environment, you won’t go to shops, you will be kept in one place. That way we will not increase the risk of infection.
‘It could be any province. We are talking to a few provinces at the moment. They are offering options. There’s a committee that has been chosen to monitor that. They are dealing with that. The committee will meet again on Friday [yesterday],’ Khoza added.
‘It is not only about levels of the lockdown. There are other deadlines that we have to meet. Fifa doesn’t talk about levels of lockdown but it talks about the calendar,’ Khoza continued.
‘If we haven’t finished this calendar, it is a problem. We have to inform Fifa by the end of this month as to when are we resuming our activities.
‘Fortunately, the minister [of sport, Nathi Mthethwa] is aware of those deadlines. That’s why we had to submit our training programme.
‘They understand the urgency of the matter and timeline of our deadlines,’ he concluded.
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