Covid-19: SAFA shuts down all amateur football due to Alert Level 4

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The South African Football Association (SAFA) suspends all amateur football due to prohibition of social gatherings and rapid increase of Covid-19 cases in the country.

On Sunday, 27 June 2021, President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation and made an announcement to put the country on Alert Level 4 and suspend all social gatherings.

SAFA made a decision on Monday, afternoon to suspend all amateur football activities until 11 July 2021.

“The South African Football Association has suspended‚ with immediate effect‚ all amateur football in the wake of rising cases of COVID-19 infections and answering to the call of President Ramaphosa to prohibit social gatherings‚” Safa’s statement read.

However, the annual ABC Motsepe national play offs will go ahead as planned and are being played in the safe bio-bubble environment.

“The Association will give further guidance in consultation with the national government with regards to non-professional football,” statement read.

In the meantime, SAFA has pledged with all South Africans to play their part to contain the spread of the virus by observing all Covid-19 protocols that involve wearing of masks, observing social distancing and staying at home when necessary.

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