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COVID-19 expenses taking its toll on Maritzburg United

Maritzburg United chairman Farook Kadodia says testing players for COVID-19 and sanitising club facilities is turning out to be an expensive process.

All PSL clubs are expected to test their players for the novel coronavirus and sanitise their facilities ahead of training as they prepare for the resumption of the 2019/20 season.

Kadodia has lamented the cost associated with the strict health regulations, and went on to point out that the PSL grant money is now more crucial than ever.

"Unfortunately, everything comes at a cost. The whole sanitisation process, training field, stadium, change room, and all these things come at a cost," Kadodia told media through a zoom press conference.

"The testing also, if you take 40 people for a test, will be between R35,000 and R40,000. We will have to repeat those tests before we get ready for the season.

"The league won't pay the bill, we as clubs have to pay. The most important thing if we have to continue, is to follow the protocols to make sure that all these health things are taken care of."

"I must say that 70% of the PSL teams will not survive without the grant," Kadodia continued.

"The reality is that the grant plays a big role in almost every PSL team. It is quite difficult to sustain football in the absence of a grant. We have always traded on the budget, and the important thing is that we hope we can get over this virus in good time, only then can we know how to plan going forward.

"Right now it is difficult to comment regarding finances."