Kaizer Chiefs have asked the Premier Football League (PSL) to postpone its four games in December due to the outbreak of Covid-19 cases among players and staff at Naturena. The Chiefs said early Friday morning that 31 people at the club had tested positive for Covid-19, resulting in the closure of Kaizer Chiefs Village in Naturena this week. Amakhosi said that as a result, they do not have the numbers to form a team and they see this as a "force majeure" situation. They've asked PSL to postpone Saturday's DStv Premiership game against Cape Town City at the FNB Stadium and three other league games from December.
The Chiefs said: "Over the past few days, while the Kaizer Chiefs have been communicating until their [Sunday] game against Swallows FC, the club has introduced stricter Covid-19 management protocols following several positive Covid-19 cases affecting the team and general staff.
“Our protocols are always strict, but given Gauteng and the increasing number of infections in the country, we have had to be stricter over the past two weeks. “Players and staff at Kaizer Chiefs FC have been closely monitored and regularly tested for symptoms during the Covid-19 outbreak. More staff tested positive this week in preparation for Saturday's game.
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“Given the situation, the medical team carried out contact tracing of the primary contacts of those who tested positive and instructed all players, technical team members and technical team members and staff, including those who tested negative, who had primary contacts to quarantine according to the Covid-19 protocols.
“The club wrote to the PSL to request the postponement of four games in December against Cape Town City, Golden Arrows (December ), Sekhukhune United (December 12) and Royal AM (December 22) to avoid risks of infection. and allow those affected to complete and complete their quarantine period before playing against other teams.
We see this as force majeure because the protocols that the club has experienced and had to implement as a result of Covid-19 are completely beyond the control of the club. “The club currently does not have enough players and technical staff to form a team. We have called on the league to take the matter seriously on behalf of everyone's health and safety, because there are many other people involved in the organization of a game. "The team will be closely monitored by our medical team as we continue to maintain our Covid-19 risk reduction protocols."
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