As the world continues to reel from the global health pandemic, sports fans will finally get their first taste of live action over the weekend when the German Bundesliga restarts. While there won’t be any fans present, it’s a glimmer of hope for soccer fans across the globe.
The Premier Soccer League (PSL) in South Africa is keen on resuming the competition, rather than cancel the season and not declare any champions.
The country remains at a Level 4 lockdown, but even at Level 3, restarting sport looks unlikely. Any PSL news on the resumption of the premiership has been further complicated with news that Orlando Pirates midfielder Ben Motshwari tested positive for the coronavirus.
PSL news: Cut off date for resuming the league
Local media in South Africa reported that PSL chairperson Irvin Khoza, revealed that Fifa has put a cut off date in place for seasons to be completed. The game’s governing body wants all competitions finalised by 31 July 2020.
PSL latest update: Return only possible at Level 1
Under the government’s current guidelines, live sport can only return once the lockdown reaches level one. These regulations are somewhat fluid, though, and can still change. Ten rounds of PSL fixtures remain, meaning time is running out fast. Teams and players will need at least two weeks to prepare before they can resume competitive matches.
According to reports, the league’s administrators and Board of Governors (BOG) have been locked in talks to decide how to proceed. While no date was confirmed, it is believed that a press briefing is likely to follow on Tuesday 12 May.