Thembinkosi Sekgaphane
Phakaaathi Digital Administrator
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7 Jan 2016
3:30 pm

Hunt calls for evening games due to heatwave

Thembinkosi Sekgaphane

Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt calls for Absa Premier League games to be played later in the day during summer due to the heatwave.

Temperatures in South Africa have reached an all-time high this summer picking at 40 degrees Celsius during the day, this has prompted Hunt to question the scheduling of midday games during summer.

Hunt was on the bench when two of his players collapsed through heat exhaustion back when he was still coaching Black Leopards during a match with Ajax Cape Town.

“I have been saying this for the last thirty years in South African football, someone is going to die, then there is going to be a problem. To play day game in South Africa is madness and there is a lot of day game coming up, can you imagine playing in Rustenburg or Polokwane, there is going to be a problem soon. The heat is unbearable,” said Hunt.

PSL General manager Derek Blanckensee maintains that the league has put measure in place to protect the health of the players.

“In terms of the times, we have contracts with our sponsors some with broadcasters and we need to have some matches in the afternoon slots and some matches in the evening slots. We wouldn’t put the players at risk and that’s why we have this device and the match commissioners have the protocols they must follow to ensure the players are not in Danger,” states Blanckensee.