The Confederation of African Football has today announced that its 54 members have until May 5 to present their plan of actions for their leagues.
CAF has set the deadline for the members to alert them if their leagues will be cancelled or restarted. This, however, gives the members less than a week to present their plans to CAF.
CAF stated in a letter to its members, “In view of the current circumstances, we would like to inquire about the current situation of your leagues and national cup, as well as the strategies you intend to apply to finalize those competitions be it through completion or annulment.”
It is essential information for leagues to determine the teams they will submit to partake in next season’s CAF inter-club competitions.
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought the world of sport to its knees as leagues all around the world face uncertainty. The Dutch FA has abandoned their season, with no champions crowned and all relegations and promotions voided between the top two Dutch leagues.
In a similar fashion, French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe stated that no sporting events will occur in France until September. Therefore Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 seasons have officially been abandoned.
Regardless of the safety regulations that could be implemented, it seems arbitrary that any of Africa’s leagues would continue. The decision would be putting their players, coaches, and game day staff at high risk.
The plans presented to CAF would have to be in alinement with government regulations. The PSL has been suspended since March 16. With no announcement being made concerning the league.
South Africa will enter level 4 on Friday, May 1 which prohibits sporting events. Effectively indicating that the PSL season cannot continue.