Premier Soccer League chairman Dr Irvin Khoza has confirmed the dates for the upcoming transfer windows and the new 2020-21 season.
The league chairman revealed that the league has agreed that the transfer window will be officially open on 2 September and close on 17 October.
Meanwhile, the mid-season transfer window will be open for a month between 1 February to 1 March 2021, while the 2020-21 PSL season is scheduled to get underway on 9 October, according to Khoza.
‘The registration window for the PSL, as agreed by the executive committee, it will be 2nd of September to the 17th of October; that is the first window,’ Khoza said.
‘The second window will be the 1st of February 2021 to the 1st of March 2021.
‘The start of the season is presumed to be the 9th of October; the commencement of the new PSL season.’
Khoza also went on to explain how the league will ensure that everything runs smoothly.
‘I think the magnitude and the demand for compliance is heavy to most of the teams‚’ Khoza explained.
‘We’ve had the Board of Governors [32 PSL teams] in our meetings six or seven times emphasising one important thing: compliance‚ compliance‚ compliance.
‘But what was key in that compliance was to observe the issues of health. Because unfortunately we are dealing with a health situation and nobody can figure out how it affects us in a way‚ or two‚ or three‚ or four‚ that we can plan for – it’s a moving target.
‘So therefore we have done everything humanly possible. And that is why we are the only industry in this country that‚ when we go back to work‚ we have gone for all this necessary testing.
‘We have planned for this. If anything happens beyond what we have planned for we will have to take the consequences.
‘But if it’s within the plan that has been workshopped all this time‚ with all the compliance officers of the clubs‚ with the Board of Governors‚ we have done our best.
‘And that is why when we applied for the restart the Health Department admired our plan‚ which is unique.
‘It helps in the mitigation of the risks that we now know. Those that we don’t know we cannot plan for.
‘But we are hoping that nothing happens‚ that we play the games to the finish. Obviously, if there is any force majeure [unforeseeable circumstances preventing someone fulfilling a contract]‚ we have to take that up at that point in time.
‘But the most important thing that we emphasised to the clubs was: compliance‚ compliance‚ compliance.
‘Nobody must compromise the BSE. Because that is our starting point.
‘If you are in the BSE‚ you go to training‚ or to the match situation. Any other diversion‚ you’re compromising the BSE.
‘If somebody does that it’s an insult to the whole country.’
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