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Makola not sure schools should open before PSL

Cape Town City midfielder Mpho Makola says it doesn't make sense to allow children to back to school - while it is still deemed too unsafe for football to return.

The Premier Soccer League are monitoring developments in South Africa as the country continues to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

While there is as yet no clear indication when the PSL will be able to resume, there is significant movement around the re-opening of schools.

Speaking to KickOff, the former Free State Stars and Orlando Pirates player said: "No I don't think it's fair for government to allow small kids to go back to school and actually give them that responsibility to be careful regarding this virus.

"So I think that's out of question for kids to go back to school. Look at kids in the rural areas, do you think they are going to be safe? Are they going to follow the rules and the regulations that are being implemented by the government? It's impossible.

"Some kids travel miles, they go on dusty roads, they go through rivers you know, all those things should be considered. Ja, obviously for all the kids to go back to school I mean the kids will be in the same classroom and a bunch of them.

"It's the same thing with the soccer players on the field of play, so I think if they can allow that then surely they can allow soccer players to go back to football.

"To be honest with you, kids are the most unhygienic people. Kids touch everything you know. When you look at kids in pre-schools... you know they like sharing things, the next thing kids are sharing, swapping each other's masks and all those things."