After a week in which Kaizer Chiefs showed defiance by refusing to play two of their Dstv Premiership fixtures due to the Covid-19 outbreak at their Naturena training village, it seems sanity has finally prevailed.
Contrary to what PSL's rules and regulations stipulate regarding Covid-19, Chiefs dug their heels in the ground in a letter addressed to the PSL requesting postponement of their fixtures, indicating they had no capacity to honor matches against Cape Town City (4 December) and Lamontville Golden Arrows (8 December) respectively.
The matter has sparked massive debates within the South African football fraternity, with some people having suggested that the club's matches should be forfeited and points given to both City and Arrows.
Similarly, others have shown great sympathy for Chiefs and believe the matches should be scheduled to maintain the integrity of the championship.
Meanwhile, with things seemingly perilous for the Glamour Boys, an exclusive report by KickOff.com indicates that a considerable cohort of Chiefs players reported for training on Tuesday in preparation for their upcoming match against high-flying Sekhukhune United on Sunday.
However, an inside source close to the club indicated that it was not a full complement of the squad that reported for training, with others still possibly approaching the final stages of their isolation.
"Chiefs players are back in training. However, it is not all the players, but a few. Thus far, we cannot be certain about when the team will be able play a Dstv Premiership fixture. They returned to training on Tuesday. It is not a full complement of the entire first-team squad though that has returned, it's mainly players who have recovered from the Covid-19 virus," a close source inside the Naturena corridor revealed to KickOff.com.
"At this stage, we are trying to put a team together. The players have gone full pelt in training but we are doing just so we are prepared, because nobody knows anything that's going to happen thereafter," he added.
In what would certainly make Chiefs supporters happy, it is believed that Chiefs are not expecting to lose any points from the games they didn't play, as they have appealed to the PSL for the games to be rescheduled.
Although some have pointed at the matter regarding the now-defunct Cape Umoya and Cape Town Spurs, in which the former failed in their attempt to postpone their game after their squad was obliterated by Covid-19 in January, with Spurs ultimately given all three points.
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It is, however, believed that Chiefs' situation is different as they sent a letter before the game, whereas Cape Umoya had not.
It is one's opinion, therefore, that the PSL should amend the rules that do not consider Covid-19 an exceptional circumstances, because it is. With the highly transmissible Omicron variant wreaking havoc, it's not beyond possibility that another club could find themselves in the same situation, therefore, PSL should exercise a great of leniency in handling this matter for the sake of the league.
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