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Safa sets ball rolling on processes for return to training and play protocols

Safa has appointed Dr Thulani Ngwenya and Mlungisi Ncame as compliance officers to oversee the entire process as prescribed by the correspondence from Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa.

Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune. Picture: www.safa.net

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Football Association (Safa) has started to put all the processes into motion following the letter from the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa, explaining all procedures on the return to football and play.

The association has appointed Dr Thulani Ngwenya and Mlungisi Ncame as compliance officers to oversee the entire process as prescribed by the correspondence from the Minister, who requested that Safa oversee the whole process on return to training and play.

Part of the letter from the Ministry reads:

  • Safa must assume full responsibility for the safety and security of its members, staff and athletes in curbing the spread of COVID-19;

  • Ensure that all its members comply with the provisions of these Directions, Regulations and any other applicable legislation; and

  • Safa and its affiliate members are jointly and severally responsible for any claim for damages or negligence arising as a result of failure to take reasonable measures in curbing the spread of COVID-19.

Dr Ngwenya and Ncame as well as Safa CEO Advocate Tebogo Motlanthe will be meeting with the National Soccer League (NSL) to discuss the logistics and implementation of the compliance requirements as set out in the compliance protocol put together by the Joint Liaison Committee (JLC) and approved by the government.

It is this document that will guide the return to training and play processes.

Safa has already forwarded the response and directive from the Minister and subsequent Safa’s approval response to Fifa as required by football practices.

Meanwhile, Safa will await the PSL meeting scheduled for Thursday, and for the Special Member’s input before rolling out the entire process.