The national team's departure for Zimbabwe to compete in the FIFA 2022 World Cup Qualifier against Zimbabwe in Harare was not given a clean bill of health following the fourth round of tests in the Bafana Bafana camp yesterday.
Thibang Phete and Thabiso Kutumela are absent from the Bafana Bafana squad.
While all precautions were made to protect the team's safety in the 'bubble,' devastating news arrived on Wednesday morning.
Thibang Phete, a player for the Portuguese team Belenenses SAD, was absent from training when a PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test for Covid-19 came back positive, and he was promptly segregated. As the team's results were available during the morning, it was later reported that Thabiso Kutumela had another positive test. Kutumela was also cut off from the rest of the world.
“We've done everything we can to keep the national team safe while they're in camp. It's often difficult to pinpoint exactly where and when an illness occurred. Team Doctor Tshepo Molobi says, "Every effort is taken to safeguard the safety of everyone in the camp."
All other tests for players and staff have come back negative, according to Dr. Molobi, and only Phete and Kutumela will not be going with the team when they leave on Wednesday afternoon.
On Wednesday night, when the team arrives in Zimbabwe, the next round of Covid-19 testing will be conducted.
Hugo Broos, the coach of Bafana Bafana, has given an update on Mothobi Mvala's availability ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Zimbabwe on Friday.
After suffering a groin injury earlier this month, Mvala's participation in South Africa's next FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Zimbabwe and Ghana has been questioned.
Broos, the national team coach, has announced that the 27-year-old will travel with the squad to Harare on Friday, but that a decision on his availability for selection will be made when more evaluations are conducted.
"He'll definitely stay with the squad," the Belgian strategist said, "so he'll go to Zimbabwe with us and then we'll see." "We're still evaluating, but things are going well at the moment; every day gets better and better, but there's still a difference between that and playing on Friday. "We'll see how things go tomorrow [Wednesday] and, at the very least, on Thursday, but I know that whoever plays will be ready, whether it's Mvala or another player."
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