SAFA confirms they have green light to postpone 2019/20 season

SAFA confirms they have green light to postpone 2019/20 season

- The PSL has confirmed that it has been given the go-ahead to extend the Premier Soccer League season in terms of the Transfer Management System

- The PSL had initially looked at a possible 18 July return for the season but the South African Football Association postponed again to adequately prepare for the return

- PSL Chairman Irvin Khoza has however confirmed that the season needs to finish before the end of August because of financial implications

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The South African Football Association (SAFA) has had confirmation from international ruling body FIFA that it can extend the 2019/20 Premier Soccer League (PSL) season “in terms of the Transfer Management System” past 31 August.

The PSL were initially looking to restart the 2019/20 season on July 18 but SAFA proposed 1 August as the earliest resumption date as they look to adequately prepare match officials.

PSL Chairman Irvin Khoza earlier announced that 31 August was the deadline for the completion of the season and the association has since confirmed correspondence from FIFA stating that they have the powers to alter the calendar as they see fit.

SAFA issued a statement on Wednesday confirming that FIFA had given them the authority to extend the current season.

PSL Chairman Irvin Khoza said the PSL season needs to finish by 31 August for financial reasons. Image: Getty Images

PSL Chairman Irvin Khoza said the PSL season needs to finish by 31 August for financial reasons. Image: Getty Images
Source: Getty Images

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The statement read:

"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).
"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."

Khoza has however indicated that they intend on finishing the current PSL and GladAfrica Championship seasons by the end of August for financial reasons.

Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za reported that South African international Thembi Kgatlana has secured another deal in Europe, following her departure from Portuguese giants Benfica. The Banyana Banyana forward will be joining Eibar after a stint in Portugal.

The 2018 African Women's Footballer of the Year has taken her next step in Europe with the newly-promoted Primera Iberdrola side as her meteoric rise continues.

Kgatlana first moved abroad after she joined Houston Dash in 2018. Her impressive form in the United States and in the 2018 African Women's Nations Cup (AFCON) earned her a switch to China with Beijing side BG Phoenix.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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