SAFA not ready to call off promotion playoffs amid lockdown fears

SAFA not ready to call off promotion playoffs amid lockdown fears

- The South African Football Association (SAFA) has vowed to complete the promotion playoffs for the ABC Motsepe League

- Unlike the PSL, the third-tier is an amateur league and remains suspended, as per lockdown regulations

- SAFA has refused to cancel the playoffs, but is exploring various options to complete the season

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The South African Football Association (SAFA) was questioned on the possibility of the ABC Motsepe League being scrapped, but have refused to be drawn into the matter.

Acting CEO Tebogo Motlanthe indicated that the governing body is determined for the promotion playoffs to be completed.

The Premier Soccer League (PSL) is set for an imminent return, with clubs given the green light to return to training soon.

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However, with the ABC Motsepe League being an amateur league, it will remain suspended until government updates the regulations.

SowetanLIVE reported that SAFA is considering all options for completion of the third-tier, but remain optimistic about the possibilities.

Motlanthe said, "We feel confident that the playoffs will still be played. It would be premature at this stage to talk about cancelling."

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When asked whether the two best teams currently would automatically be promoted, Motlanthe added: "It's still too soon to say. It would be very [pre]mature to give a comment on that."

Previously, reported that former Bafana Bafana left back David Nyathi has hit back at former SAFA CEO Dennis Mumble.

Nyathi praised the leadership of SAFA president Danny Jordaan and rubbished claims made by Mumble.

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