Absa Premiership

PSL return discussions put on hold

2020-04-20 11:24
Gay Mokoena
Gay Mokoena (Gallo Images)

The former acting South African Football Association (SAFA) chief executive officer Gay Mokoena says talks around resuming the Premier Soccer League (PSL) will only begin once lockdown regulations are eased.

City Press revealed that Mokoena stepped down as SAFA boss on 15 April but only confirmed his resignation over the weekend.

Meanwhile, South Africa are currently under a stay-at-home national order until April 30 as a result of the spread of coronavirus.

With infections continuing to rise in the country, it is uncertain if the lockdown will be extended.

PSL officials had initially hoped to complete the league by June 30 - that date now seems unlikely though after the proposed PSL meeting set for the weekend was postponed.

Mokoena told TimesLIVE: "I was on a call with PSL's (acting CEO) Mato (Madlala) (on Friday) and we decided we'll engage each other after the 30th April.

"We hope that things would have eased a bit after the 30th April, and it will be possible to talk about the way forward with the PSL.

"Everybody wants football to be played but people must remember that it's no longer completely in the hands of football officials.

"The government is in control of this and we'll hear from them while we also look at what is happening around the world‚ particularly in countries already hit hard by the virus."

- TEAMtalk media

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