Source: Twitter @OfficialPSL

On Monday, the Premier Soccer League (PSL) Chairperson Dr Irvin Khoza announced that the 2019/2020 soccer season will resume on 8 August with all matches played in a biologically-safe environment (BSE).

This decision comes after a meeting by the board of governors who unanimously agreed on the starting date. The season will be kicked off with the semifinal fixtures of the Nedbank Cup, which will then be followed by the Absa Premiership and GladAfrica Championship fixtures after 11 August.

The Gauteng province has been chosen as the location of the BSE that is meant to ensure there are strict health measures in place to prevent any transmission of Covid-19. Gauteng is reportedly the province of choice because it has an abundance of training and match facilities available.

All members and staff involved will be tested before entering the BSE and will only be allowed in if they test negative. Teams are expected to be in the BSE the day before they resume matches for the latest.

Proposed training grounds include:

  • Milpark
  • Fourways High
  • Johannesburg Stadium
  • TUT Stadium
  • Chris Hani Stadium
  • Auckland Park Bunting
  • Marks Park
  • Germiston Stadium
  • Vosloorus Stadium
  • Loftus Versfeld
  • University of Pretoria
  • St Stithians

Proposed match venues include:

  • NB Stadium
  • Orlando Stadium
  • Bidvest Stadium
  • Rand Stadium
  • Ellis Park
  • Makhulong Stadium
  • Loftus Versfeld
  • Ellis Park
  • Lucas Moripe Stadium
  • Tsakane Stadium
  • The University of Pretoria

 In his announcement, Dr. Khoza said, “This announcement will assist in lifting the mood of the country and also in mitigating some of the challenges faced by our country and the global community. We have informed our stakeholders including the Minister of Sport, the MEC of Sport in Gauteng, SAFA, the broadcasters SuperSport, Absa, Nedbank, GladAfrica and SAFPU about the plans. All the clubs in the PSL have made it possible in making sure they comply with the protocols,”.

Dates and kick-off times for the remaining fixtures are yet to be announced.