What was shaping up to be a year of celebration for Kaizer Chiefs has been heavily affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Premier Soccer League (PSL) season was put on ice with Amakhosi on pole position to grab their first title in five years and, according to SowetanLive, their 50th birthday celebrations have been affected by the outbreak.

Kaizer Chiefs put celebrations on ice

According to the club’s marketing director Jessica Motaung, all plans – including friendly matches against international clubs – have since been put on hold.

“We have been in discussions with international teams coming to SA to play against us‚ even legends‚ but we engaged internally and said to ourselves let’s put all these plans on hold until it is possible to continue,” she said.

Jessica Motaung

Motaung added that it was important that things are placed on hold until the situation returns to normal.

“It is important to do things differently and be more flexible‚ so we are in a holding space in terms of celebrations but when the time is right‚ things will resume.

“Certainly some of the momentum has been lost but at the same time, we understand that there is a bigger problem and there is nothing we can do about it.

“The issue now is focusing on fighting this pandemic and making sure that everyone is safe and healthy.

“We will continue to engage our supporters through our social media platforms and other means of communications.”

Jessica Motaung

How the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted SA soccer

Chiefs last took to the field on Saturday, 7 March when they lost at home to AmaZulu.

The season was halted with them enjoying a four-point advantage on their closest title contenders, Mamelodi Sundowns, who have one game in hand.

Last week, the PSL announced that it would suspend the season indefinitely and, with the pending national lockdown, there could be a longer wait before the action resumes.

South Africa has registered 709 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, the highest in the continent.

The virus has claimed close to 20 000 lives worldwide, with infections spiking sharply in the past week.

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