The South African Football Association (SAFA) and league sponsors, Sasol, announced the postponement of the Sasol League national play-offs due to the increase of Covid-19 cases in the country.
As Sasol, we support the postponement of the #SasolLeagueNationalChamps due to the sharp increase in COVID-19 infections across the country. We wish the infected a speedy recovery and will communicate the new dates in due course.#Limitless pic.twitter.com/uq9FmHgiUz
— Official SasolLeague (@SasolLeague) December 5, 2021
The nine provisional winners of the Sasol League were set to begin the playoffs on Monday, 6 December, with the final set to take place on Sunday, 12 December at Princess Magogo Stadium in Durban.
SAFA’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr Thulani Ngwenya, said SAFA and Sasol will find an appropriate date for the play-offs to resume when the variant is under control.
“The Omicron variant cases are on the rise and as the Association; we prioritise the health of our athletes and other stakeholders. This is something we cannot afford to risk hence the decision to postpone the games.
“Our decision on when to resume the play-offs will be dictated by a conducive environment and when the variant is under control. As things stand, the situation does not allow us to continue with the games, as we will be putting all those involved including players, officials and those running the competition at risk. As a responsible organisation, we cannot do that,” concluded Dr Ngwenya.
Photo Caption: The South African Football Association (SAFA) and league sponsors, Sasol, announced the postponement of the Sasol League national play-offs due to the increase of Covid-19 cases in the country. Photo: Sasol League (Twitter)