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Ngwenya will breathe a 'huge sigh of relief' when first game kicks off

SAFA's chief medical doctor Thulani Ngwenya admits it has been stressful to prepare for the resumption of the 2019/20 football season.

The campaign came to an abrupt halt in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic but will resume on August 8 with the Nedbank Cup semifinals, before the Premiership games resume three days later.

Ngwenya says it has been difficult to ensure everything is set up properly for the resumption of the season.

"I will breathe a huge sigh of relief when the first match kicks off. It will not just be any sigh, but a sigh of great relief," Ngwenya told NewFrame.

"The whole process has been strenuous. It has been a roller-coaster ride of emotions and this process took a toll on my family and colleagues.

"There has been a lot of misrepresentation, with people looking at me like I was the stumbling block. But everything we did, we did to ensure the safety of the players and everyone involved," he added.

"It also must be understood that we were venturing into the unknown because this hasn't happened before, there was not much to reference it with.

"I and my brother Lee Pillay from the NSL [National Soccer League] worked closely on this. It wasn't just me working on this - it's just that I might have been the 'face' of it.

"There were other people, including Lee Pillay and Michael Murphy."