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Kaizer Chiefs acted in accordance with NICD and health department protocols

The Covid-19 pandemic has hit the Kaizer Chiefs camp hard, up to 36 staff members tested positive for the virus. The football fraternity is divided by the manner Kaizer Chiefs and the PSL handled the matter.

One will argue that lives matters more than the game, then when such high covid numbers hit your camp, what do you do? Do you continue to disobey the health regulations set by the country's government or stick to the bias League’s regulations?

“responsibility to our players, staff and the football community” in deciding to not honour two DStv Premiership matches" - Dr Hashendra Ramjee ( Kaizer Chiefs Physician).

Kaizer Chiefs failed to pitch for both their league encounters, having wrote to the league much earlier.

The league however did not communicate on their decision against Kaizer Chiefs. After not turning out on their league encounter against Cape Town City on Saturday, Amakhosi continued again today by not traveling to KwaZulu-Natal to face Golden Arrows in a clash that was scheduled at Princess Magogo Stadium at 7:30 pm.

Kaizer Chiefs did not just boycotted their league games as some suggest, they wrote to the league much earlier and they also issued a statement stating why they cannot host City again yesterday they did the same. They asked the league to postpone all four league encounters in December because of the growing Covid-19 cases within the camp

According to TimesLIVE they claim to have been informed that the PSL declined Chiefs’ request, also suggested that they would review the matter at an executive committee meeting on Wednesday.

What is really happening in the Chiefs camp

Dr Hashendra Ramjee (Kaizer Chiefs Physician) says the club medical team has been dealt with the recent Covid-19 crisis in the club by following the current NICD [National Institute for Communicable Diseases of SA] and department of health protocols for positive cases and contacts.

Dr Hashendra Ramjee says the positive cases were requested to self-isolate and primary contacts were asked to isolate for 10 days as per the protocols. All players and staff have been regularly monitored.

“Repeat testing was implemented over the past 48 hours for players and staff who were in quarantine. These tests unfortunately revealed five more cases, which justified the approach taken by the club in terms of our responsibility to our players, staff and to the football community.

“Further to this, players who have tested positive and completed their self-isolation will be managed with an evidence-based graduated return to play protocol and algorithm used for any athlete.

“Depending on the player’s progress during this managed phase the player would usually be fit to resume play in seven days.” - Dr Hashendra Ramjee (Kaizer Chiefs Physician)

The PSL has not said a word on the game that was supposed to be held today, between Golden Arrows and Kaizer Chiefs.


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