The PSL were faced with a predicament where Kaizer Chiefs failed to honor two of the DSTV Premier League fixtures due to Covid-19 outbreak at the Naturena based club, the outbreak that had force them to close down their premises and fumigate and disinfect their offices and playground. Their staff and players were affected with Covid-19, with some of them having to go into quarantine. Kaizer Chiefs then did not have enough players to field into play and they could not risk the health and safety of their players and staff members, which then led to them asking the PSL to postpone the two games against Cape Town City and Golden Arrows so that they may then deal with the Covid outbreak in their premises and also wait for their players and staff members to get well, however that was not taken lightly by the PSL by the time who did not postpone the two fixtures and the opposition team availed themselves regardless of the situation that Kaiser Chiefs was faced with.
Kaizer Chiefs ended up losing the two games as a forfeit however the matters were still going to go into hearing and the PSL then had to decide first if Kaizer Chiefs should lose the points or replay the matches. At an early stage the PSL seemed adamant that they are going to deduct the points from Kaizer Chiefs since the Glamour boys did not pitch to the field even though they had Covid outbreak, that is the decision that the Kaizer Chiefs hierarchy has been fighting with the PSL for, since it is something that was beyond their control that the Covid outbreak happened at the training areas.
Kaizer chiefs are facing some sort of disciplinary from the PSL, however the President Of the PSL Dr Irvin Khoza stated that they may grant Kaizer Chiefs a replay since what they did was to protect their players and staff and also of the opposition team. Mlungisi Ngubane stated,” It is not an easy decision for Irvin Khoza, although people are expecting him to be fair. It is a difficult one for him because he might think he is doing the right thing for everyone , only to find to others it’s wrong. The matches should be replayed because it was Covid and Chiefs were respecting the rules of Covid. The virus is deadly and we have to respect it.”
Globally there are a lot of matches that are being cancelled and replayed if the team can not make the game because of Covid outbreak with their squad, the PSL should not be different towards Kaizer Chiefs and be harsh forwards them since they were only obeying the Covid rules, Irvin Khoza and the PSL must not make lives difficult for themselves and Kaizer Chiefs and Must just grant Kaizer Chiefs replays, says one of the tweeps.
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