30 May 2020 – The South African Football Association (SAFA) welcomes Sports Minister Nathi Mthethwa’s clarification on the feasibility of resumption for both non-contact and contact sport.

This clarity is helpful and will move towards the finalisation of football position at the meeting of Joint Liaison Committee on Monday.

“We welcome the fact that athletes can start training under strict specific conditions. Furthermore, there are requirements for a thorough monitoring of all athletes to ensure full compliance.

“It is also clear that contact sport like football and rugby among others cannot resume competitively under alert Level 3 from the Minister’s briefing on Saturday,” said SAFA Acting CEO, Tebogo Motlanthe.

He said SAFA has always maintained that the health of athletes is of paramount importance, something the Minister underscored in his briefing.

The minister also made it clear that the engagement between his department and different sporting federations will continue.

“SAFA welcomes such continued engagements, mindful of the negative financial impact Covid-19 has had on sport in general. Football, rugby and cricket are amongst the major sporting codes that have been heavily impacted by the pandemic,” added Motlanthe.

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