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Kaizer Chiefs Hit By Covid-19 Crisis As Multiple Players Test Positive

South Africa Premier Soccer League giants Kaizer Chiefs are experiencing Covid-19 outbreak among their players and coaching staff.

Up to 31 cases have been reported in the team camp in the past few days but the club officials are refusing to name the individuals involved.

The Amakhosi have now asked Premier Soccer League to consider calling off their next four games in the month of December.

“Players and staff at Kaizer Chiefs Football Club have been closely monitored for symptoms during the COVID-19 pandemic and have been tested regularly. More personnel tested positive this week as we were preparing for Saturday’s game,” the club said in a statement on Friday morning ahead of hosting City.

“As a result of this outbreak that has seen no less 31 people test positive for COVID-19, the Kaizer Chiefs Village is temporarily closed until next week.

“Given the situation, the medical team have conducted contact tracing of primary contacts of those who tested positive and have instructed all players, members of the technical team and staff, including those who tested negative, who are primary contacts to quarantine as per COVID protocols,” the club explained.

“The Club has written to the Premier Soccer League to request for a postponement of the four upcoming games in December against Cape Town City (4 December), Golden Arrows (8 December), Sekhukhune FC (12 December) and Royal AM (22 December) to avoid risk of infection and further spread of the virus and allow those affected to recover and complete their quarantine period before they can play against other teams,” the statement read.

“We view this as a case of force majeure as what the Club is experiencing as a consequence of COVID and the protocols it is obliged to implement, is total beyond the control of the Club. The Club does not at the moment have sufficient players nor technical team to constitute a team. We have appealed to the League to seriously consider the matter for the sake of everyone’s health and safety because there are many other people involved in organising a game. The team will be closely monitored by our medical team, while we continue to maintain COVID risk mitigation protocols.”

Kaizer Chiefs are currently sitting on second position on PSL table after accumulating 22 points from 13 league matches.




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