SAFA taking FA advice on how to restart football

SAFA taking FA advice on how to restart football
SAFA President Dr Danny Jordaan

by Graeme Jackson

Wednesday May 27, 2020. 12:00

The South African Football Association (SAFA) has been liaising with their English counterparts, the Football Association (FA), over how best to restart the sport in the country.

Football has been suspended in South Africa since mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic and there is clear indication as to when or even if the domestic season, especially the top-flight Premier Soccer League (PSL), will resume.

Nonetheless, SAFA president Danny Jordaan has spoken of his contact with FA counterpart Greg Clarke, who is also a FIFA vice-president.

“The relationship between SAFA and the FA stretches over many years, and there have been so many times when we’ve supported each other. Clarke and I often meet up at FIFA conferences and chat about matters of mutual interest,” Jordaan said, as quoted by IOL.

Clarke has been at the forefront of football’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, and was the first in the European game to suggest playing games behind closed doors.

“SAFA welcomes the opportunity for engagement and will participate in discussions with the English FA whose experience will be invaluable in our attempt to find solutions to South African challenges,” Jordaan continued.

“These cooperation agreements with our global partners cover areas like the technical cooperation, competitions, youth football, women’s football, education, international matches and many other areas.”

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