SA Football Association (Safa) president Danny Jordaan and Premier Soccer League (PSL) chairman Irvin Khoza will report back to Sports Minister Nathi Mthethwa on the protocols for football’s return.
This was revealed by Safa in a statement this week.
According to the Safa statement issued on Monday, Jordaan and Khoza have also been mandated to meet and brief ministers of health and transport on what needs to be done.
“The Safa and PSL joint liaison committee met on Monday at Safa House and agreed that both the Safa president, Dr Danny Jordaan, and NSL chairman, Dr Irvin Khoza, must report back to the minister of sport on the protocols for the Return To Play,” read the Safa statement.
Monday’s meeting adopted the report and protocol from the task team that says football can only resume under specific conditions as prescribed by the protocol. The meeting resolved that Safa will write to the minister asking permission on training procedures.
“The two, Dr Jordaan and Dr Khoza, will also discuss the possible starting dates for the resumption of football matches,” it said.
“In his address on Saturday, Minister Nathi Mthethwa spelt out the way forward for contact and non-contact sport.
“He gave training the green light but also underscored the fact that playing [for contact sports, including football] was impossible on alert Level 3 according to firm government specifications.
“Minister Mthethwa participated briefly in the meeting on Monday and emphasised the need to balance the health of football stakeholders and that the economic impact Covid-19 has had on the game,” concluded the Safa statement.