PSL confirm fixture changes ahead of Bafana Bafana's crucial Africa Cup of Nations qualifier

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Ernest Makhaya
Bafana Bafana have received the backing of the league as they prepare for the all-important Afcon qualifier

The Premier Soccer League have confirmed a change in the fixture schedule as they look to help Bafana Bafana succeed in their mission to qualify for the upcoming 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

Bafana are set to take on Libya in a crucial Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in March, and coach Stuart Baxter previously alluded to the change, but there was still no word from the league’s governing body.

Nonetheless, the PSL have now issued a statement confirming that indeed a request was received from South African Football Association and that they have obliged by moving several fixtures that were scheduled on the days leading up to the game.

“The Premier Soccer League received a request from the South African Football Association for assistance in moving some Absa Premiership fixtures on the week and weekend ahead of the international break,” a statement issued by the PSL read.

“This was to give Bafana Bafana enough time to prepare for their crucial Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Libya,” it added.  

“Although this season has already presented many challenges to the PSL in fixture scheduling including changes necessitated by the CAF calendar changes, the League, in consultation with Member Clubs, sponsors and broadcasters, acceded to the request,” the statement further explained.

“The changes will affect Absa Premiership fixtures scheduled on Friday 15 March, Saturday 16 March and Sunday 17 March 2019,” it concluded.

Here are the changes:

Chippa United vs. Highlands Park – was on 15 March 2019, kick-off at 20:00 – moved to 17 March 2019 kick-off 15:30 – Date and time change.

Supersport United vs. Kaizer Chiefs – was on 16 March 2019, kick-off 15:30 – moved to 15 March 2019, kick-off 20:00 – Date and time change.

Cape Town City vs. Polokwane City – was on 17 March 2019, kick-off 15:30 – moved to 15 March 2019, kick-off 20:00– Date and time change.

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Bloemfontein Celtic vs. Bidvest Wits – was on 17 March 2019, 15:30 – moved to 15 March 2019, kick-off 20:00 – Date and time change.

Free State Stars vs. AmaZulu – was on 16 March 2019, 20h15 – moved to 15:30 – Time change.

 

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