Sign in
Download Opera News App

News Sports

 

Soccer

 

NPFL

Kaizer Chiefs ask PSL to postpone matches amid Covid-19 outbreak at Naturena

Kaizer Chiefs have requested a postponement of four December Premier Soccer League (PSL) matches owing to an epidemic of Covid-19 infections among players and staff at Naturena.

Chiefs said early Friday morning that 31 persons had tested positive for Covid-19 at the club, forcing the team's Kaizer Chiefs Village in Naturena to close this week. Amakhosi said that as a result, they lack the necessary numbers to form a squad and see this as a "force majeure" issue.

They requested that the PSL postpone Saturday's DStv Premiership match at FNB Stadium against Cape Town City, as well as three other league matches in December.Kaizer Chiefs players warming up during a media open day at the Kaizer Chiefs Village in Johannesburg on February 19 2020. Chiefs' Village has been closed this week due to an outbreak of Covid-19.

"As Kaizer Chiefs indicated in the days building up to Sunday's game against Swallows FC, the club has implemented stronger Covid-19 management policies in response to many positive Covid-19 instances impacting the squad and general employees.

"Our measures are usually severe, but in the last two weeks, we have had to be much more so, given the rising number of illnesses in Gauteng and around the nation.

"During the Covid-19 epidemic, players and staff at Kaizer Chiefs FC were rigorously checked for symptoms and tested on a regular basis. This week, as we prepared for Saturday's game, more persons tested positive. As a consequence of this epidemic, which has resulted in the positive testing of no less than 31 persons for Covid-19, Kaizer Chiefs Village has been temporarily closed till next week.See the source image

"Given the circumstances, the medical team did contact tracing of primary contacts of individuals who tested positive and advised all athletes, technical team members, and staff members who are main contacts, including those who tested negative, to quarantine according to Covid-19 standards.

"The club has written to the PSL requesting that the four upcoming December games against Cape Town City, Golden Arrows (December 8), Sekhukhune United (December 12), and Royal AM (December 22) be postponed in order to avoid risk of infection and further spread of the virus and to allow those affected to recover and complete their quarantine period prior to playing against other teams. "We consider this as a situation of force majeure, since the club is completely unable to influence the consequences of Covid-19 and the procedures it is obligated to execute.See the source image

"At the time, the club does not have enough players or a technical staff to form a squad. We have pleaded with the league to take the situation seriously for the benefit of everyone's health and safety, since organizing a game involves a large number of other individuals. "Our medical staff will continuously monitor the team as we continue to follow Covid-19 risk reduction practices."

This is a work in progress. Kaizer Chiefs have requested a postponement of four December Premier Soccer League (PSL) matches owing to an epidemic of Covid-19 infections among players and staff at Naturena. Chiefs said early Friday morning that 31 persons had tested positive for Covid-19 at the club, forcing the team's Kaizer Chiefs Village in Naturena to close this week. Amakhosi said that as a result, they lack the necessary numbers to form a squad and see this as a "force majeure" issue.

See the source image

Share

Kaizer Chiefs ask PSL to postpone matches amid Covid-19 outbreak at Naturena (timeslive.co.za)

Content created and supplied by: The_Inspector (via Opera News )

Amakhosi Covid-19 DStv Kaizer Chiefs Naturena

COMMENTS

Load app to read more comments