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TOTAL FOOTBALL BLACKOUT

By Colisile Sacolo | 2021-01-14

SOCCER - ALL football activities are suspended.

This was stated by EFA Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Frederick Mngomezulu during a press confress at Sigwaca House yesterday.

Mngomezulu said as the direction of the Government and pursuant to the resurgence of the distress of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in a second wave nationally, EFA member associations and leagues remained suspended.

He made it clear that even CAF envoys Young Buffaloes were not expected to take part in any football activities.

“EFA members will recall that on presentation of the Four-Pillar Strategy to restart football after the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, at the beginning of the current 2020/2021 football season, it was articulated that the strategy also provided for contingencies to accommodate any intermittent interruptions as the season progressed,” he said.

Mngomezulu said the currently pronounced partial lockdown was one of such interruptions anticipated by the contingency planning.

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“In this regard, there will, therefore, be no need to develop a new football competitions resumption strategy, save for the reinforcement of the contingency planning of the strategy in order to ensure the successful implementation of football business for the remaining period of the 2020/2021 football season.”

He also added that during this state-declared partial lockdown period, all courses, workshops and judicial hearings were suspended.

“The relevant EFA departments will develop new schedules of activities which will be communicated to all affected stakeholders,” said Mngomezulu.

He said all member associations’ and leagues’ offices were expected to close business during this period, with only critical essential business occurring, particularly being business that touches on the sustenance of the critical livelihood of the member association or league. Premier and National First Division League players are expected to revert back to individual training.

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