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Covid outbreak blamed on Bafana’s Thibang Phete likely to be Omicron variant — official

FILE - <a class=Thibang Phete of South Africa in action during a Friendly international against Namibia. Photo: Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix"/>Lisbon — The 13 detailed instances of Covid-19 at the Portuguese football club Belenenses, whose association match against Benfica was canceled at the end of the week when their group was diminished to only six players, have all the earmarks of being the Omicron variation, Portugal's public wellbeing establishment (INSA) reported Monday. 

Whenever affirmed, the cases would be the first in Portugal of the new Covid strain. 

"Starter tests did by INSA unequivocally recommend that each of the 13 cases related to Belenenses players are connected to the Omicron variation of concern," the foundation said in an assertion. 

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INSA added that Bafana protector Thibang Phete, one of Belenenses players, had as of late went in South Africa, where the Omicron variation was first distinguished. 


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Many countries from Europe to Asia have suspended travel from South Africa and its neighbors since South African researchers hailed Omicron on November 25. 

The World Health Organization has named Omicron a variation of concern, saying it represents a "extremely high" hazard internationally, while researchers are as yet evaluating its harmfulness. 

Portuguese association authorities met on Sunday to examine the ludicrous game among Belenenses and Benfica, which must be canceled in the second half after Belenenses began with just nine players, including two goalkeepers, because of the Covid-19 episode. 

Belenenses played one of their goalkeepers, Joao Monteiro, as an outfield player and had no substitutes at the Estadio Nacional where Benfica walked around a 7-0 lead before half-time on Saturday. 

The Primeira Liga game was canceled by official Manuel Mota three minutes into the subsequent half, after Belenenses were decreased to six players. They had arisen after half-time with just seven players before Monteiro went down harmed. 

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Belenenses president Rui Pedro Soares said that Phete tried positive for Covid-19 after getting back to Portugal having been on global obligation with Bafana. 

Soares likewise censured the association for making the game proceed. 

"We had eight players who could take an interest in the game and as such they let us know that assuming we didn't go to the game it would be an uncalled-for nonattendance. Playing here today was a disgrace for us all," said Soares. 

Phete is one of two South African in the Belenenses crew. The other is midfielder Sphephelo Sithole.

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