5 December 2021 – The South African Football Association (SAFA) and sponsors Sasol have postponed the Sasol League National Playoffs in the wake of rising covid-19 cases across the country.
The national play-offs were scheduled to take place in Durban from 6-12 December with the finals pencilled for Princess Magogo Stadium next Sunday.
‘’The Omicron variant cases are on the rise and as the Association; we prioritise the health of our athletes and other stakeholders. This is something we cannot afford to risk hence the decision to postpone the games,’’ said SAFA chief medical officer, Dr Thulani Ngwenya.
Dr Ngwenya said SAFA and Sasol will find a suitable date to play the play-offs when the variant is under control.
‘’Our decision on when to resume the play-offs will be dictated by a conducive environment and when the variant is under control. As things stand, the situation does not allow us to continue with the games, as we will be putting all those involved including players, officials and those running the competition at risk. As a responsible organisation, we cannot do that,’’ said Dr Ngwenya.