Absa Premiership

Sun City to provide World Cup-style base to help complete PSL season?

2020-05-18 14:30
Irvin Khoza (BackpagePix)
Irvin Khoza (BackpagePix)

Sun City is rumoured to be the favoured destination to provide a Soccer World Cup-style base for all Premier League Soccer teams to complete the 2019/20 campaign.

TimesLive reports that the holiday destination in the North West province is being sounded out as a potential venue to host all 32 teams.

Professional soccer in South Africa came to a halt in March due to the Covid-19 virus with all leagues across the world suffering a similar fate.

South Africa's two professional leagues - the Absa Premiership and GladAfrica Championship - both consist of 16 teams who all have between six to nine fixtures remaining.

The venue also makes sense logistically as there are three PSL-standard stadiums - Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Olympia Park and the Moruleng Stadium - in close proximity.

The PSL are reported to favour a World Cup style method in hosting a "soccer festival" while another option mooted is to host teams in various hotels across Gauteng with a host of stadiums close by, including the 90 000-capacity FNB Stadium.

PSL medical advisor Mahlane Phalane also confirmed that the option of playing behind closed doors at limited venues, as well as a World Cup round-robin competition are two more ideas being considered.

Phalane agreed with the idea that all 16 PSL teams and 16 First Division teams could be based in a camp-style environment, in Gauteng, where all players, staff and logistics personnel would be housed.

"In our proposal, it will take approximately 21 days before we can resume football," he said.

"This comes from a number of reasons. Firstly, we'll check the biological side of a person where we are saying the players should be in self-isolation for 14 days.

"We all know what happened at Pirates (where midfielder Ben Motshwari tested positive for Covid-19)."

- Compiled by Baden Gillion

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