- The highly-anticipated date for the restart of the Premier Soccer League has been announced by Irvin Khoza
- 8 August has been given as the date when the PSL will resume with the Nedbank Cup semi-finals, the first games on the roster
- The remaining matches will have to be played before the September end date, resulting in three games a week
Premier Soccer League (PSL) chairman Irvin Khoza has announced during a press briefing that the PSL will resume in August, with the Nedbank Cup semi-final the first games to be played.
He made the announcement on Monday and gave 8 August as the date when the PSL would resume.
"We have informed our broadcasters and stakeholders of the return on the 8th of August," the league chairman announced.
"We have informed the Gauteng MEC as the province that will be hosting the matches. I phoned the president of SAFA to inform him that we are resuming on the 8th of August.
"I also tried to get hold of the Sports Minister but was unable to get hold of him because Mondays are busy.
"This is a historic moment. At this point in time I can gladly announce that 8th of August is a definite goal for the Absa Premiership and GladAfrica Championship.
"We are resuming on the 8th of August. The first games will be the Nedbank Cup semi-finals, and the last game will be the Nedbank Cup final. It's all systems go."
The kick-off times and venues will be announced in the future but what is known is that Bidvest Wits will host Mamelodi Sundowns and Baroka FC and Bloemfontein Celtic will play each other in the Nedbank Cup semi-finals.
In order to meet the September end date, games will be held every three days to make up for lost time due to the lockdown. There are six Absa Premiership games still to be played and some teams have as many as nine league games still to play.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that PSL chairman Irvin Khoza shed light on the key reason why the league needs to resume sooner rather than later.
In a media conference on Monday, Khoza revealed that job losses may soon become a reality if the current break is extended indefinitely.
The PSL's financial woes stem from a combination of factors, most notably the lack of action ever since the lockdown was imposed.
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