South African Football Association (Safa) chief medical officer Dr Thulani Ngwenya says the 2019/20 Premier Soccer League (PSL) chose Gauteng as the venue to host the single province bio-bubble before it became the country's COVID-19 epicenter.
Gauteng was confirmed to host the remaining fixtures in both the Absa Premiership and GladAfrica Championship however the decision raised many eyebrows with the province being one of the worst hit COVID-19 provinces of late.
“Indeed, it’s true that perhaps if we (Safa) had been part of the decision-making team regarding where the camp should be, we would have emphasized what the Joint Liaison Committee document is saying,” Ngwenya told members of the media.
“The document states that the area shouldn’t be an epicentre or hot spot for the virus. But what we’ve received from the NSL is that choosing for the venue was done before Gauteng became an epicentre.
“But the comfort that we get from the whole situation is that going to the biologically safe environment will eliminate the risks as the virus is not airborne. This is an area that is Covid-19-free, and those who are going in will have been tested twice.”