PSL break silence on Chiefs saga: Missed matches still under review

Kaizer Chiefs continue to anxiously waiting on a decision from the Premier Soccer League after they missed two matches this month.

Chiefs only recently returned to training following an emergency decision to temporarily close the club’s headquarters in Naturena in the wake of a severe ?Covid-19 outbreak that affected more than 35 employees as it swept through the camp.

As a result, Chiefs were unable to fulfil their fixtures against Cape Town City and Golden Arrows, but were able to put a team together to play Sekhukhune United at the FNB Stadium on Sunday.

The league hadn’t officially commented on Chiefs’ initial request for all their DStv Premiership fixtures in December to be postponed, while there’s no word over whether the two missed matches will be re-scheduled.

The official PSL website did described their fixture against Golden Arrows as ‘postponed’, while at a press briefing on Monday, PSL boss Irvin Khoza finally spoke about the matter.

“I think it is very important that the public expects a response from the league on the matter that affects Kaizer Chiefs.

“I think it’s very important that it is not an easy matter. It is a matter that was dealt by with the football department. And was escalated to the executive committee. It requires a lot of attention to detail to adjudicate this matter. It must be seen to give a thorough evaluation and process.

 “We’re a rules-based organisation. Everything is easy because we just refer to the manual or the rulebook for answers. But there are situations that occur in normal life to apply our mind, especially in a matter that’s got a lot of debate on life and livelihoods.

“We’ll convene in what will be our fifth meeting tomorrow because we met Thursday on this matter and we referred the matters back to the office, once it was adjourned. I’m told that we’ll get the final information that we require, today if possible. If not, tomorrow.”

READ | BLINDNESS NOT AN OBSTACLE | ORLANDO PIRATES LEGEND OBTAINS HIS PHD!

Prior to playing Sekhukhune United this weekend, Amakhosi stated that it had been extremely challenging to field a new-look team.

“With a sizable number of the Amakhosi ranks still in isolation, several Reserve Team players who tested negative for Covid-19 have been called upon to work with the Senior Team members as they prepare for the upcoming match against Sekhukhune United. These young players were released November after their last fixture due to the DStv Diski Challenge being on recess.

“This was to enable them to focus on their final year examinations. Ten of the players were called up to the under-20 national team for Cosafa Championship – the tournament set to take place in Eswatini was later postponed following a surge in the number of infections,”statement read.

“Given that the few unaffected senior team players and the juniors stopped training, and went into quarantine as per the NICD and the Department of Health protocols, the medical team and the coaches will monitor their condition very closely to ensure they are healthy enough to play. And, with such a limited pool of players available, we have to also attempt to avoid injuries at all costs,” said Kaizer Chiefs Physician Dr Hashendra Ramjee.

“Albeit under constrained circumstances, a decision from the Premier Soccer League regarding our application is pending.”

The PSL will convene tomorrow to discuss the Covid-19 outbreak which affected Kaizer Chiefs and saw them not honour 2 #DStvPrem clashes.

It will be the fifth meeting in relation to the matter.

— EWN Sport (@EWNsport) December 13, 2021

Spread the love