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PSL closer to return

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CAN AFFORD A SMILE—Mhango

South Africa’s Premier Soccer League (PSL) is edging closer to a return, the Siya crew being informed that a tentative date for matches to resume has been proposed.

It’s almost four months since the 2019/20 season was suspended due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic and both PSL and South African Football Association (Safa) have been going back and forth over when the campaign should be concluded.

The Siya crew understands that July 15 has been put forward by the league as a potential date when all clubs – those in the Absa Premiership and GladAfrica Championship combined – can make their way into a biologically safe environment to conclude the remaining fixtures.

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PSL Chairperson, Irvin Khoza, has been quoted recently in local media confirming that the two leagues would resume in one province.

Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and North West are being considered as potential hosts and it is understood matches could begin as early as July 19.

The league, however, has been silent since announcing the suspension of football back in mid-March after President Cyril Ramaphosa declared a state of emergency and enforced a lockdown to try to stop the spread of Covid-19.

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Safa had been adamant that football should only return when it is safe to do so – under level 1 of the lockdown regulations.

But last month, Nathi Mthethwa, the Sports Minister, gazetted the direction for all sport to return, and on June 24 approved PSL’s plans to go back to playing the outstanding games under strict health guidelines.

PSL is home to top Malawian players such as Gabadinho Mhango, Limbikani Mzava, Gerald Phiri Junior, Richard Mbulu, Khuda Muyaba, Robert Ng’ambi and Dennis Chembezi.

Chawanangwa Kaonga is the only Malawian star who plies his trade in the GladAfrica Championship.—Soccerladuma.co.za/ The Daily Times

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