- The world football governing body Fifa has responded to the South African Football Association (Safa), advising them that they have the powers to extend the date of completion for the 2019-20 PSL season.
It is understood that the country’s FA has been dragging their legs over the restart of the season but the current campaign may go on beyond August 31 as per the Fifa statement released on Wednesday.
Although Safa said the season can extend in terms of the Transfer Management System (TMS), the released statement means the suspended season can go beyond the August 31 deadline set by the PSL.
“The world football governing body, Fifa has written to the South African Football Association (Safa) advising them that they can extend the completion of the current Premier Soccer League season in terms of the Transfer Management System (TMS),” the statement reads.
“In the same context, Fifa has given Safa the mandate to amend the start of the PSL next season (2020/2021) and this may require the Association to amend the registration periods provided in the TMS,” the statement continued.
Part of the FIFA statement published by Safa reads, “As such, the association concerned should extend the end date of the ongoing season in the TMS, to reflect the match schedule. This may also require the association to amend the registration periods provided in the TMS.”
Safa acting CEO Tebogo Motlanthe confirms that the association was pleased and relieved with the clarification from Fifa and assured the country that the referees will be ready come August 1st.
“We are glad with the clarification we got from Fifa and we have already started preparation of the referees. They will arrive at the camp in batches and I want to assure everyone that the match officials will be ready, come 1st August 2020 when the PSL kicks off,” Motlanthe said.
It remains unclear if the PSL will accept Safa’s proposed return date of August 1.