The Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa has approved the resumption plans of the Premier Soccer League [PSL], it was announced on Wednesday morning.

The approval gives PSL clubs the go-ahead to start training and hosting matches behind closed doors.

In a statement, Mthethwa said that the Health Department and the National Institute of Communicable Diseases have also approved the plans and said that the PSL’s measures put in place exceeded the required protocols for the safe return to training and playing.

The PSL is due to announce fixtures and a start date for matches shortly.

World football governing body Fifa has given leagues around the world until 31 July to be completed, but it is understood the South African Football Association will ask for an extension.

The announcement comes a day after Kaizer Chiefs confirmed that two players have tested positive for coronavirus after the club conducted a series of tests on Friday.

In a statement on the club’s website on Tuesday, the Soweto Giants confirmed that a total of 70 individuals, including players, members of the technical team, and other club officials were tested for COVID-19 in preparation for the restart of the 2019/20 season.

Source: Adrian Ephraim