Clinton Larsen worried about Gauteng Covid-19 epicentre hosting PSL return

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Clinton Larsen feels there is still a big risk for
Clinton Larsen feels there is still a big risk for players and coaches

Polokwane City coach Clinton Larsen has expressed his concern about the timing and proposed venues for the resumption of PSL football.

The PSL has proposed next Saturday, 18 July as the date for the restart of the current season, with Gauteng hosting all the remaining matches.

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Gauteng, however, is the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak in South Africa, which presents a clear concern over the safety of everybody involved in domestic football.

The province has 81 846 reported cases of Covid-19 at the time of writing, with numbers continuing to surge.

"I'm very worried. Some players and coaches might play down this but it's really dangerous," Larsen tells

"Taking these games into any epicentre is really a worry and a tough one. I don't think the timing is right, but that's my opinion.

"I think it would've been better if we waited a little bit longer, like other countries, because right now we are in winter and it's not safe."

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However, Larsen says he has prepared his players to be ready to complete the season and trusts the PSL leadership to make sure teams are safe from this dangerous pandemic.

"I understand we are in a very tough situation to finish the season and I trust the leadership will make sure everyone is safe," he adds.

"We started training last Saturday. We've got another week as we heard the season must resume next weekend, which means two weeks [of training].

"It might not be enough but we will make sure we are ready to fight."

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