The South African Football Association (SAFA) has, with immediate effect, suspended all non-professional (amateur) football in South Africa in the wake of rising cases of COVID-19 infections.
A statement by the association read, “The South African Football Association (SAFA) has suspended, with immediate effect, all non-professional football in the wake of rising cases of COVID-19 infections.
“The suspension include training sessions, courses, workshops and all matches. The matter will be reviewed by 31 January 2021 when the Association will make further risk assessments and advice.
“This extraordinary step is taken in the interest of safety of players, technical staff, administrators, match officials, the media and all other personnel involved in the organisation and staging of matches and other football events.
“Professional football will continue under the measures already being implemented by our Special Member, the National Soccer League.
“This must however be done in compliance with the applicable protocols of Government’s Risk Adjusted Strategy of the Disaster Management Act with respect to the curfew and closure of venues and as it is further explained in the Directives issues by the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture.
“Please stay safe, sanitise or wash your hands, wear a mask and keep a safe social distance.”