ABSA Premiership to resume in August
There seems to be a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel for soccer fans since the PSL chairman, Irvin Khoza has confirmed that PSL programmes will resume on 8 August. You might as well take your Vuvuzela and celebrate.
In spite of the pandemic sports are still very imperative hence the PSL chairman, Irvin Khoza has announced that both the ABSA Premiership and GladAfrica championship would restart next month following a three-month intermission brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Additionally, first up menu will be the Nedbank Cup Semi-finals, where Mamelodi Sundowns will go head to head with Bidvest Wits and Boroka to take on Bloemfontein Celtic.
All matches will take place in Gauteng, which the league has chosen as the preferred biological safe environment (BSE) as stipulated by the government. Khoza stressed that only players and officials who have returned negative COVID-19 tests would be permitted into the BSE.
“You test positive, you’re out,” said Khoza.
Moreover, Khoza also commended the fact that South African Football Association had commenced with testing match officials for COVID-19.
“It’s applaudable. Referees will also be expected to be in the BSE for the duration of the programme,” he added.
Furthermore, Khoza also outlined that various hotels around Gauteng would host the teams, with only accredited personnel allowed in. The league should conclude on September 5 with the Nedbank Cup final, however, Khoza added that they could extend it by two weeks due to the promotion and relegation playoffs.