South African Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture Mr Nathi Mthethwa has revealed that he is open to having the domestic league resume however SAFA and the PSL have to work together to come to some common grounds regarding the issue.
With the South African government having relaxed some lockdown regulations since the start of the month moving from Level 5 to Level 4, SAFA has released a statement detailing their understanding that football can only come back at Level 1 behind closed doors.
The PSL has however revealed that they are hopeful that the government will allow them to resume in Level 3 while stressing the fact that clubs are under financial strain.
Minister Mthethwa revealed in a media briefing that he is set to converse with SAFA president Danny Jordaan, PSL chairman Irvin Khoza and veteran football administrator Kaizer Motaung on a way forward.
“We want to engage their wise counsel on their thoughts on the reopening of the lockdown with our own risk-adjusted strategy, as government,” said Mthethwa as quoted by Kick-Off.
“They must counsel me, both of them [Jordaan and Khoza]. And I emphasise, it would be advisable that, as government, we get one voice from them.”
“My final message to both is, they are occupying an important space in society in regard to football, so as the Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture, I would nudge them to work together at all material times in regard to football.” added the minister