'We have to see what Fifa says,' Tinkler on PSL League

Eric Tinkler
Eric Tinkler
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While other leagues in Europe have decided the way forward as a result of the ongoing Covid-19 conundrum, the Premier Soccer League has yet to announce its deliberations on how to complete the domestic football programme.

In Belgium the league champions were declared last week, but it was an easier decision as the Jupiler was left with one round of fixtures to close and Club Brugge was 15 points clear at the top.

The English Premier League meanwhile is looking at China as a possible destiny to finish its season.

Two Absa Premiership coaches, Eric Tinkler and Clinton Larsen, have weighed in on the current impasse, suggesting the PSL could not afford to end things as they are with so much at stake.

"Ours is a complicated situation," said Maritzburg United coach Tinkler, whose side are fifth on the table.

"People are looking at what will happen in Europe. But realistically, we have to see what Fifa has to say.

"What is Fifa going to do because there are a lot of complications, we are hoping that everybody can get back to playing as soon as possible.

"Our situations right now don't permit that so we just have to be a little bit patient to see how long this will take."

His Polokwane City counterpart, Larsen, whose side are fighting relegation, said they should wait for the PSL leadership to guide them in line with the government's guidelines.

"We are waiting for our leaders to give us direction, which will happen very soon.

"When April 16 comes and the government makes an announcement based on the current situation, then we will have more direction. I mean we only have a few games to go and that could be played within a month," Larsen said.

"So the league will have to decided based on the news from the government if the situation is bad, they will make a decision and probably push the dates back and if the situation improves, I'm sure they will give us a date to start."

Larsen added that the PSL must not look at what other countries are doing in Europe as the situation is different.

"Each country is different, that's what people don't understand. The number of confirmed cases in each country is different and so are the number of deaths in each country.

"So you've got to move according to what the government feeds you."