The Premier Soccer League chairman Irvin Khoza has assured a fruitful resumption of the season insisting that irregularities that may occur will not be due to poor planning.
The domestic football season is set to resume in a bio-bubble following a five-month suspension due to the pandemic with the biological safe environment done to prioritize the health and safety of everyone involved.
Another part of the protocols before the resumption of games is a compulsory Covid-19 test; before returning to training and 48 hours prior to going into the BSE.
The Nedbank Cup semi-finalists, Baroka FC, Bloemfontein Celtic, Mamelodi Sundowns and Bidvest Wits were all given the green light to assemble in the bubble with Khoza optimistic that the guidelines put in place by the compliance officers of the PSL and South African Football Association are water-tight – everyone just has to comply.
“The magnitude and demand for compliance is heavy for all the teams,” Khoza told IOL.
“During the Board of Governors (BoG) meeting that we’ve had six to seven times, one important thing that was emphasized was, ‘compliance, compliance, compliance’. What was key in that was observing the issues of health.”
“We are unfortunately dealing with a health situation that nobody can figure out in a way that we can plan for. It’s a moving target. So, we’ve done everything humanly possible (to ensure that the health of everyone is prioritized).
“If anything happens beyond what we’ve planned for, then we’ll have to take the consequences. But if it’s within the workshopped plan with all the clubs, BoGs, compliance officers, then we’ve done our best,” Khoza said.
“And that’s why when we applied, the health department admired our plan that is unique and will likely mitigate the risk that we now know. Those that we don’t know, we cannot plan for that. But we are hoping nothing happens and we play to the finish line.”