Nam players ready for PSL return

• Rustiness a true test as season comes to an end

29 July 2020 | Sports

Limba Mupetami

WINDHOEK



After a break of close to four months, Namibian players plying their trade in South Africa can breathe a sigh of relief as the Premier Soccer League (PSL) looks set to finally conclude its 2019/20 season.

Gauteng will stage all PSL and National First Division (NFD) matches.

Wary of being rusty, footballers such as Bidvest Wits midfielder Deon Hotto, who is set to play for Orlando Pirates in the new season, Highland Parks forward Peter Shalulile as well as the likes of Ananias Gebhardt, who plays for Baroka, are looking forward to finishing the league on a high.



Relegation-threatened

Jomo Cosmos player Riaan !Hanamub said he is ready to get back into action, having been out with an injury.

However, he added that this will depend on whether he gets a permit to travel.

“We applied for permits to allow us back in South Africa. Up until now, we wait,” he said.

His relegation-threatened club is second from the bottom with 22 points. Cosmos are joined at the bottom by TS Sporting, Mbombela United and Royal Eagles – all mere points apart.

The remaining matches of the season will be played behind closed doors, and players will take extra precautions to ensure the safety of all those involved.



Chiefs look to seal deal

Meanwhile, log leaders Kaizer Chiefs will be hoping to consolidate their place at the top in an attempt to win their first league title in five years. They have a four-point lead over Sundowns, who are breathing down their neck.

Amakhosi have played 22 matches and amassed 48 points, while Sundowns have a game in hand.

Black Leopards, Amazulu and Polokwane City are all facing relegation.

The likes of the English Premier League, which Liverpool won; the German Bundesliga won by Bayern Munich, as well as the Spanish La Liga, which saw Real Madrid crowned as champs, have all recently concluded their respective seasons and shown that football during a pandemic is possible with strict regulations.