Chiefs camp ravaged by Covid-19, requests postponement of PSL games

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The Kaizer Chiefs camps has been ravaged by Covid-19 infections. Photo: supplied.
The Kaizer Chiefs camps has been ravaged by Covid-19 infections. Photo: supplied.

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Covid-19 has ravaged the Kaizer Chiefs camp, with as many as 31 personnel reported to have been sidelined and in quarantine, and the club’s headquarters in Naturena temporarily closed.

As a result the club said they did not have sufficient players and technical team to constitute a team.

This has prompted the club to appeal to the PSL to postpone five of their DStv matches scheduled for this month, starting with Saturday’s game against Cape Town City “to avoid risk 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”.

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Other matches are against Golden Arrows (December 8), Sekhukhune FC (December 12), Royal AM (December 19) and Maritzburg United (December 22).

The league was yet to respond to Chiefs’ request.

In a letter posted on the club’s website, the club said it had no choice but to appeal for the postponements.

The statement said:

We view this as a case of force majeure as what the club are experiencing as a consequence of Covid-19 and the protocols we are obliged to implement, is total beyond the control of the club. The club does not at the moment have sufficient players or 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 organising a game.

The club added that it had instituted stricter Covid-19 management protocols following several positive coronavirus cases affecting the team and general personnel.

“Our protocols are always strict but we have had to be more stringent in the last two weeks given the increasing number of infections in Gauteng and the country.

“Players and staff at Kaizer Chiefs 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.”


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