The Joint Liaison Committee (JLC), made up of representatives of the South African Football Association (SAFA) and the National Soccer League (NSL) has formed a committee that will look at the possibility of when it is ideal to start the NSL matches. The committee met yesterday at SAFA House to look at a proposal which dealt mostly with health issues and when it is safe resume the games.
The committee resolved to form a task team comprising of Advocate Tebogo Motlanthe (SAFA Acting CEO); Mato Madlala (PSL Acting CEO); Dr Thulani Ngwenya (SAFA Chief Medical Officer); Dr Lervasen Pillay (PSL Head of Medical); Poobalan Govindasamy (SAFA NEC) and Jose Ferreira (PSL Executive Committee Member). The task team will look at the concerns which were raised in the meeting and prepare a submission for the committee which will later be submitted to the Government for consideration. The Task Team has been given a maximum of 14 days to complete the document and report back to the Joint Liaison Committee.
Some football enthuasits are not really optimistic that football will retuen soon, especially with the news earlier this week that one of Orlando Pirates Football Club players Ben Motshwari has tested positive for COVID-19. Ben was presented with flu like symptoms last week and after undergoing tests, his results have come back positive. The player is asymptomatic and is currently in-home isolation for the next 14 days. He will need to test negative before he is cleared.
Meanwhile, the Premier Soccer League Disciplinary Committee has ordered Mamelodi Sundowns to pay a fine R200 000 of which R150 000 is suspended for a period of 24 months on condition that they are not found guilty of a similar offence during the period of suspension. Mamelodi Sundowns were previously found guilty of bringing the League in disrepute while Gastón Sirino was found guilty of assaulting two SuperSport United players, Dean Furman and Clayton Daniels. Sirino is ordered to serve a two-match suspension and to pay a fine of R75 000 of which R25 000 is suspended for a period of 24 months on condition that they are not found guilty of a similar offence during the period of suspension. Both Mamelodi Sundowns and Gastón Sirino are ordered to pay the several sittings of the Disciplinary Committee.
In other news, the Bundesligawill resume its league matcheson Saturday (16 May 2020). But, all the matches will be played in empty stadiums. But authorities have warned German fans to stay away as matches could be halted if too many supporters gather outside the grounds. German football will be the first of Europe’s top leagues to resume two months after it was halted by the spread of coronavirus, but its strategy is believed to be too risky in a continent that’s ravaged by the pandemic. Football experts said it is difficult to predict if football-mad fans will be able to heed a call to stay away.