Minister of Arts, Culture and Sports – Nathi Mthethwa has requested that the South African Football Association [SAFA] assume its expected role of ensuring compliance from Premier Soccer League [PSL] clubs in return to training protocol.
The Minister [Mthethwa] is asking that SAFA “play an overarching role” in monitoring compliance during the resumption of all football activities in the country.
Having decided to appoint compliance officers on June 11, the PSL is being requested to submit all its compliance plans to SAFA for quality assessing which will then be forwarded to government to prepare its own monitoring plan.
Additionally, SAFA is requested to provide its own detailed compliance monitoring plan as to how its compliance team will be monitoring PSL activities and any other football-related activities during lockdown.
According to SAFA the league will be allowed to resume only if all teams fully comply with the first phase of a return to training.
“Minister Mthethwa was clear in his directive when he gave the go-ahead for teams to resume training and that was that there needs to be full compliance,” SAFA president Danny Jordaan says.
“What was also agreed was only that there would be a return to training which is the first phase of the resumption of football.
“You can’t have on the one hand a government official in Nelson Mandela Bay Acting Mayor Thsonono Buyeye calling for a return to a Level 4 lockdown and on the other calls for the return of competitive sport.
“We can’t have two differing opinions from the same government institution.”