Kaizer Chiefs requested to the PSL, to postpone four of their league matches in December. And the club statement read.
Kaizer Chiefs statement reads as follows:
"Our protocols are always strict, but we have had to be more stringent in the past two weeks, given the increasing number of infections in Gauteng and the country. Players and staff at Kaizer Chiefs FC 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.
"As a result of this outbreak that has seen no less than 31 people test positive for Covid-19, Kaizer Chiefs village is temporarily closed until next week. Given the situation, the medical team conducted contact tracing of primary contacts of those who tested positive and instructed all players, members of the technical team and staff, including those who tested negative, who are primary contacts to quarantine as per Covid-19 protocols.
"The club has written to the PSL to request a postponement of the four upcoming games in December against Cape Town City, Golden Arrows (December 8), Sekhukhune United (December 12) and Royal AM (December 22) to avoid risks 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.
"We view this as a case of force majeure as what the club is expected as a consequence of Covid-19 and the protocols it is obliged to implement is totally 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 organizing a game.
"The team will be closely monitored by our medical team while we continue to maintain Covid-19 risk mitigation protocols".
PSL called an urgent committee meeting regarding other matters and Kaizer Chiefs request for four DStv Premiership matches to be postponed given an outbreak of 31 Covid-19 cases among players and staff at Amakhosi will be high on the agenda.
"The exco is meeting at 11am, so it's going to be tabled". Said PSL CEO, Mato Madlala.
Kaizer Chiefs said apart from the employees and its squad members who tested positive, more people have to isolate as per Covid-19 protocols.
- The story is developing, update will follow up after PSL meeting is over.
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