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Celtic To Test Players For Covid-19

Bloemfontein Celtic say they are taking precautions as the coronavirus pandemic continues, announcing they will this week be testing all members of their football club.

The Covid-19 that is causing havoc across the world at present has led to a decision from SAFA and the PSL to suspend football across the country to try and combat the spread, with big games such as Mamelodi Sundowns v Orlando Pirates now being postponed.

The decision by Celtic follows an announcement by PSL chairman Dr. Irvin Khoza that all games set for this week have be postponed.

Khoza however advised teams not to stop training as they still need to decide further on the matter at the BOG meeting which was scheduled for yesterday.

“Based on that statement, our club chairman, Max Tshabalala, called our team doctor to come and address all the players, staff members and test them tomorrow. morning. It’s just a safety precaution to make sure that everyone at the club is free from the virus,” Celtic said in a statement.

At present, no players in South Africa have been confirmed as having the virus, and the aforementioned measures are being taken to try and keep things that way. 

SA Football Association (Safa) led by its president Danny Jordaan said they would be meeting with sports minister Nathi Mthethwa to give a report and update on the impact of the coronavirus on football.

At the international level, the delegation will explain measures taken by Fifa, Uefa and leagues in Europe including the English Premier League, LaLiga in Spain and Serie A in Italy as well as the Uefa Champions League.

Safa said in a statement, “At the continental level, the Safa delegation will explain to Mthethwa measures taken by the continental body, Confederation of African Football (Caf) about the senior men’s Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers for Cameroon 2021 and the Fifa World Cup 2022 qualifiers in Qatar.”

The association also noted attempts to play football in empty stadiums were not achieving the desired results after three players in Serie A tested positive in the process.

“The positive testing of players and coaches in Europe is a particular concern for Safa and these matters will be raised with the minister,” the statement read.

By: Thapelo Molebatsi