FIFA URGES SAFA AND GOVERNMENT TO ALLOW FANS in STADIUMS
The highest governing body of football FIFA has called on the South African Football Association (SAFA) including government to allow supporters back into the stadiums.
In a delegation hosted by the President of SAFA, Dr Danny Jordaan on Tuesday, the FIFA secretary General, Fatma Samoura hinted to Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa that means of allowing fans to the stadiums must be considered.
Happy to meet @NathiMthethwaSA today with @SarBareman, @SAFA_net Pres. & @LydiaMonyepao. Great to hear how committed 🇿🇦 is to further developing 🚺s⚽️. Now this positive spirit must be harnessed to ensure that @Banyana_Banyana reach @FIFAWWC 2023. pic.twitter.com/nRQeuVrmMM
— Fatma Samoura (@fatma_samoura) September 7, 2021
The issue of fans being allowed into stadiums has been a burning issue in the soccer community for a couple of months now. SAFA CEO, Advocate Tebogo Motlanthe said then, that they had applied the wait and see approach, to observe how the vaccination roll-out process would work especially since people had not adhered to the regulations back in March, earlier this year. While the country had moved down to alert level 1 during the course of the year, the country was reverted to stricter restrictions, due to recklessness the government was forced to move the country back to alert level 3.
Yesterday the Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa, alongside with government launched a vaccination social mobilisation campaign named, ‘Return to play it’s in your hands.’ The purpose of the campaign is to encourage sport fanatics to get vaccinated to help curb the spread of covid-19.
“We must stand together in this vaccination drive because the more South Africans are vaccinated, the quicker we can get back to watching our sports stars and artists at various venues,” Mthethwa said.
South African Deputy President, David Mabuza, encouraged the nation to vaccinate so that the rates of infections, hospitalisations and deaths can go on a downward spiral.