By Joana Arries-Tagoe

The South African Football Association [SAFA] has confirmed that the first group of match officials begun checking into a hotel in Sandton on Friday, July 24.

It is unclear if the 2019/20 Premier Soccer League [PLS] season will resume on the August 1st date as set tentatively, but SAFA seem to be committed to its promise ahead of the season restart.

According to a statement issued by the association on Friday, the first group of match officials were tested and checked into a hotel in Sandton.

“South African Football Association [SAFA] has called up the first group of match officials to camp at a Johannesburg hotel in anticipation of the resumption of professional football on 1 August 2020,” read a statement from SAFA.

“The match officials checked in at a Sandton hotel and all underwent COVID-19 testing. The next group is expected to arrive next week and will also be tested and complete the pool required for the remainder of the season.

“SAFA chief medical officer Dr Thulani Ngwenya said he is happy with the COVID-19 safety compliance measures at the hotel as well as the condition of the officials he has seen.

“He added that the Association is now awaiting the match schedule from the PSL in order to process their appointment for the respective matches.”

Meanwhile, the PSL will hold a BOG meeting on Monday to deliberate on the way forward.