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South African football to resume on August amid COVID-19 pandemic

South Africa’s domestic football competitions will resume on August 8, the latest of Africa’s major leagues to announce a return to play after suspension caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Absa Premiership, GladAfrica Championship and Nedbank Cup matches are set to resume in Gauteng next week.

The Nedbank Cup semi-finals will be played first on the weekend of August 8, followed by the first Absa Premiership matches three days later.

A draw will be held on Wednesday morning to determine the ‘home’ venues for all 32 clubs within the biologically safe environment.

All matches will be played in a secure bubble environment in Johannesburg and Pretoria, and will be behind closed doors. Fans are unlikely to be allowed back into venues this year with the country yet to reach its peak of infections.

Kaizer Chiefs lead the PSL title race by four points from second-placed Mamelodi Sundowns, who have a game in hand and nine matches still to play.

South Africa has recorded the fifth-highest number of COVID-19 cases in the world at 445,433, as of Sunday, though it has a comparatively low death count of 6,769.

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