PLS coach Mnisi slams Safa for playing politics over suspended season resumption

  • South African Football Association (Safa) has been criticized over dragging its feet in allowing the resumption of the 2019/20 season. Highlands Park director Sinky Mnisi believes Safa are busy with politic.

It is understood that Safa had planned to resume the suspended season on July 18 in a Biologically Safe Environment (BSE) in Gauteng, but Safa made it clear that football can only start in August 2020.

According to the Lions of the North official, Safa is playing politics with the PSL keen to resume the suspended 2019/2020 campaign.

“They have taken their eyes off the ball and are playing politics,” Mnisi said.

“It is sad that they are not considering what this will do to clubs. Players and staff need to be paid. The season has to be finished so players can have a break and see their families. They have been cooped up away from home for a long time now,” he added.

Though PSL’s chief executive officer Mato Madlala disclosed that some referees have told the league’s governing body off the record they are ready to get back to action, Safa have insists the match officials have been off and needs two weeks to be ready.

They (Safa) have also said that there is a need to ensure that all biological health standards are met, before football starts, but Mnisi insists that this is just hogwash

“The PSL and clubs would not send players to a slaughterhouse. We cannot say we want to play when we have not ensured that all necessary measures are taken to ensure safety. That’s just ridiculous,” the Tembisa Local Football Association (LFA) president insists.

Mnisi asked, “What are they saying about us? What plans have they set out for us to return to play?”

“We have teams who need to qualify for the ABC Motsepe League and those who need to qualify for the GladAfrica Championship, yet they are not saying anything about that,” he stated.

Despite all those considerations by Safa, Mnisi still feels that the country’s football ruling body is neglecting their matters, “They are busy with politics instead.”

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