Kaizer Chiefs have released a media statement on Tuesday, 21 December 2021, confirming that they will be appealing the PSL’s decision to decline the Amakhosi’s request to have their December 2021 fixtures in light of the recent Covid-19 outbreak at the Kaizer Chiefs village.
The Soweto Giants revealed that they are disappointed and taken aback by the Premier Soccer League’s contrasting lack of urgency after having taken almost three weeks to address the matter.
“Kaizer Chiefs is disappointed and taken aback by the contrasting lack of urgency from the PSL after having taken almost three weeks to address the matter. The reason might be that the league did not have a Chief Medical Officer who could have advised those dealing with the issue from an NICD and Department of Health protocols perspective,” Kaizer Chiefs said.
“The Chief Medical Officer was appointed last week as a result of our submission on the matter of the Covid outbreak. This is key in the times we live in,” the club added.
The DSTV Premiership outfit also stated that they would not have benefitted from the postponement in any way as it would have caused unnecessary fixture congestion later in the season for the club.
“The Omicron strain of Covid has affected many countries and sport has been affected all over the world with much lower cases when compared with what we’ve experienced. We are not an exception. Major leagues, such as the English Premier League, have postponed fixtures during one of the busiest periods in their match calendar in an effort to curb the increase in positive cases,” the club said.
Kaizer Chiefs further revealed that they are studying the feedback they have received from the PSL and will engage with the club’s legal department with the view of appealing what they deem to be an unjustifiable decision through the football mother body, the South African Football Association or the Dispute Resolution Committee and stated that they believe justice will prevail in the end.