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Since March 2020, South African soccer fans have not been able to watch matches inside stadiums.
Safa President Danny Jordaan says he “cannot say” when soccer fans may be allowed to start attending matches due to the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic that has hit South Africa.
Fans last saw soccer inside stadiums in March 2020, just before stricter lockdown measures were implemented, leading to the suspension of sporting activities.
When football was allowed to resume in July, the conditions were imposed that no spectators are allowed inside the venues and, since then, Premier Soccer League matches have been played behind closed doors.
But now that some countries are starting to allow fans to go to stadiums for matches, there was hope that South Africa would soon follow that route until a second wave of Covid-19 was recently declared.
“If you look at what’s happening in Europe, they started bringing fans back to the stadiums, but they were forced to reverse their decisions due to the second wave of Covid-19,” Jordaan said according to Times Live.
“This is an uncertain period and I cannot tell you that from this day on, football fans will be back in the stadiums. But all we can ask is that we abide by the regulations and the rules because the next month or two is going to be extremely difficult for all of us as South Africans.
“If we comply and do the things that are required of us, we may see how we become familiar with this Covid-19. At the moment, if you read what is happening, I don’t think the fans can go to the stadiums ”.
The second wave of the South African coronavirus is projected to peak in the next two months.
Jordaan says that “maybe” in the next two months they can get a clear idea of the length of time that fans can return to the stands.
“We will have to wait and see for the next two months, hope that there is a decrease in the number of infections and that the vaccine is available.” Maybe then we will see some return to normal life and possibly the fans return to the stadiums, ”Jordaan said.
Playing inside empty stadiums has denied some income to clubs that used to draw large crowds like the Orlando Pirates, Kaizer Chiefs, Mamelodi Sundowns and Black Leopards.
In Africa, countries such as Zambia and Tanzania have allowed fans to watch games on soccer fields.