The South African Football Association is calling on soccer fans to get vaccinated.
SAFA is looking at allowing fully vaccinated fans the opportunity to watch Bafana Bafana take on Ethiopia in a Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier next week.
Health Minister Dr Joe Phaahla has welcomed the recommendation for the return of spectators to stadiums.
Officials from SAFA and the Department of Health met on Monday where they agreed that the return of fans to the stadium was a win-win situation in the bigger scheme of things.
Officials said the return of fans to the stadiums will expedite the vaccination drive and in the same breath stimulate the informal economic sector of taxis who drive spectators to the stadiums and those who sell their commodities to the fans.
SAFA supports vaccine drive
Phaahla said he was appreciative of football’s support to drive for mass vaccinations and at the same time help the informal sectors earn a living by fans returning to the stadium.
‘’This is music in my ears. It is a win-win situation, it will spur all and sundry, the clubs, players and the football business. We also want other sectors of the economy to return to normalcy if the majority of the population is vaccinated – sectors such as tourism, restaurants etc. So I am here to embrace and fully support SAFA’s initiative,’’ he said.
The minister said by getting vaccinated, life can return to what it used to be and society can get along with their normal daily lives.
SAFA president Danny Jordaan said the association was committed to seeing South Africans getting vaccinated and fully support the initiative and will use football to accelerate the process.
Phaahla also reiterated the ‘No vaccination, No entry’ to the stadium call saying all SAFA stakeholders needed to be vaccinated by 30 October 2021 in order to participate in football matters.