South Africa national team coach – Molefi Ntseki has averred that even though it’s important to remain optimistic about the future of football in the country amid the Covid-19 pandemic he would prefer the appropriate protocols are adhered to.

“We know that some leagues around the world are on the go, but they had to go through stringent measures to be where they are today – the same will apply with us,” Ntseki told SAFA website.

Due to the pandemic, the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations have been postponed and will now only take place in 2022, instead of January next year.

According to the Bafana Bafana gaffer the move by CAF to reschedule the tournament is in right order.

“By postponing tournaments, they are trying to see into the future and hoping for a better tomorrow as they don’t want to put lives under threat.

“So, we basically have a year to start playing – depending of course on how the pandemic is dealt with over the coming weeks and months on the continent.

“At international level, we just have to stay positive. Yes, we would have loved to have played all our matches by now, but that is beyond our control – what is in our control is hope, hope for the future.”

The Professional Soccer League is preparing to resume the 2019/20 season in an isolated “bio bubble” to ensure players and staff are not exposed to the virus, but Ntseki believes it’s going to be difficult for clubs to regain their fitness.

“Depending on how much time they are given to prepare for the league, it is going to be energy sapping for them as their fitness levels will be at their lowest for the type of athletes they are.